Tagged: Immunology

Want to pimp your immune system? Take a holiday - Guest Work

Guest Author Oct 13, 2016

By Fulvio D’Acquisto, Queen Mary University of London Going on holiday, having a fun night out with friends, or simply relaxing at home with a good book – these activities make us feel good. Now, for the first time, we have evidence that they also do us good. Our latest study shows that our surroundings and lifestyle can have … Read More

Abbie Smith on vaccines, your immune system and viruses - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Aug 14, 2011

Here’s a talk for non-scientists about your immune system, viruses and vaccines by Abbie Smith, a graduate student from the University of Oklahoma who writes the ERV blog. (ERV = endogenous retrovirus) She also spends a little time talking about HIV, which she studies. She’s an enthusiastic and natural speaker. (Being a Freethought meeting these are a … Read More

Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease: too good a match for the immune system - Chicken or Egg

Hilary Miller Apr 13, 2010

A central premise in conservation genetics is that high genetic diversity is good for a species’ continued survival, and low genetic diversity is bad. This seems intuitively obvious (after all, we all know that you shouldn’t marry your cousin) but actually finding examples in nature where we can say for sure that low genetic diversity has [...] … Read More