Immunology

How the immune system identifies invading bacteria

The body's homeland security unit is more thorough than any airport checkpoint. For the first time, scientists have witnessed a mouse immune system protein frisking a snippet of an invading bacterium. The inspection is far ...

Immunology

Key protein drives our immune response against viruses

Scientists have just slotted into place a big piece of the puzzle that explains how our blood cells mount their first line of defense against viruses. They hope this discovery will help them one day better control the response ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Scientists identify antibodies that can neutralize omicron

An international team of scientists have identified antibodies that neutralize omicron and other SARS-CoV-2 variants. These antibodies target areas of the virus spike protein that remain essentially unchanged as the viruses ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Dominant Alpha variant evolved to evade our innate immune system

The SARS-CoV-2 Alpha (B.1.1.7) variant mutated to evade our 'innate immune system', helping establish it as the world's first 'Variant of Concern', finds a new study led by researchers at UCL and the Quantitative Biosciences ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

What makes the delta variant of COVID-19 so contagious?

The delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 has swept the planet, becoming the dominant variant within just a few months. A new study from Boston Children's Hospital, published in Science, explains why delta spreads so easily and infects ...

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