immunology

Ending the Immune War on Wheat

February 15, 2011

The immune system is designed to protect the body against foreign invaders, neutralizing disease and infection. But organisms are all too happy to invite invasions several times a day through a seemingly innocuous act: eating. When food enters the [Read more]

A Locksmith & The Immune Army

January 3, 2011

The immune system relies heavily on memory and recognition, with its success dependent on marshaling defenses against only the right infectious invaders. Scientists are finding that this memory requires a lot of moving parts, including molecules [Read more]

Turning MRSA’s Weapons On Itself

August 16, 2010

What infectious disease causes the most deaths in the United States? Most would probably guess HIV, or after last year’s H1N1 scare, influenza. But the deadliest infectious disease in our country is actually MRSA, the antibiotic-resistant form [Read more]

The Dangerous Edge of Gene Doping

March 2, 2010

Please welcome Laurel Mylonas-Orwig, author of today’s post and a new contributor to the blog! Every two years, the best athletes in the world gather to compete in the modern Olympic Games. Against a backdrop of sand or snow, these seemingly [Read more]

Mapping Why Lupus Discriminates

January 27, 2010

As discussed yesterday, lupus is not an equal-opportunity disease. Ninety percent of lupus cases occur in women, the disease is three times more likely to affect African-American women than Caucasian women, and lupus is more common and severe in [Read more]