Tag Archives: innate immunity

The pubertal divide in mortality from severe influenza: clues for novel therapeutics

The 1918 influenza pandemic, also known as the Spanish flu, was a protracted and devastating outbreak. Upwards of 500 million people worldwide were infected and death estimates surpassed 50 million. Contemporary studies using virus reconstructed from autopsy

Acute immune responses in the brain differ from responses in blood

Immune cells of the brain called microglia, appear to have been adapted to their vulnerable environment. They react less destructive to danger signals than their counterparts in the blood. Microglia are the resident macrophages of the central

Who is the father of innate immunity?

The thermometer can show that something is wrong with a patient (pyrexia). But it cannot be more specific. Likewise, there is evidence, dating back to the ancient Greeks, that the slight changes in blood serum that occur

Multi-tasking proteins protect sea urchins from multitudes of pathogens

Antibiotic resistance in bacteria is a deadly problem for human health, yet these pathogens arise and persist due to the misuse and over-prescription of the same classes of antibiotics.  Wouldn’t it be better if there was a