From The Medical Republic, 21 March 2022: There was a time before covid, which seems a distant memory now, when the concepts of “immune” and “immunised” seemed relatively straightforward to anyone outside the field of immunology. Either by virtue of childhood infection or vaccination, a person believed that they were now protected from further assault … Continue reading What do we mean by Covid immunity?
From Nature News, 10 December 2020 Young children account for only a small percentage of COVID-19 infections — a trend that has puzzled scientists. Now, a growing body of evidence suggests why: kids’ immune systems seem better equipped to eliminate SARS-CoV-2 than are adults’. “Children are very much adapted to respond — and very well … Continue reading How kids’ immune systems can evade COVID
From the Sydney Morning Herald, 24 April 2020: For thousands of years, women have been denigrated as the weaker sex, men’s inferior in cognitive and physical abilities, in need of their protection and support, vulnerable and flawed. Oh, how the tables have turned, and not a moment too soon. With a virulent and deadly pathogen … Continue reading Immunity and our DNA: why women are the stronger sex
From ABC News in Science, 4 March 2013: Eating green leafy vegetables may boost a newly discovered genetic pathway that is essential for intestinal health, new research suggests. The study has discovered a gene known as T-bet is responsible for production of a type of cell that helps repair the lining of the gut and … Continue reading Green veges may boost gut health
From ABC Science Online, News in Science, 28 November: Men may contribute far more to a successful pregnancy than just sperm, with evidence suggesting seminal fluid primes a woman’s immune system to be more receptive to the foetus. Researchers from the University of Adelaide have found a mechanism that may explain why women who have … Continue reading Men contribute more than sperm to pregnancy