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Tag: Immune system

March 22, 2021
The immune system as a whole can be broadly separated into two main branches: the innate immune response and the adaptive immune response. The innate immune response is performed by a system that is always present across the body, while the adaptive immune response appears only in response to an infection and is always specific...
The Sheekey Science Show on reducing tumor growth
January 05, 2021
This time on the Sheekey Science Show, the relationship between cancer and exercise is explored. Regular physical activity is associated with a reduced risk of cancer, and an animal study has fingered the proliferation of cytotoxic CD8 T cells as the causative agents of this effect. The physical, metabolic reasons for this are explored as well, and specific exercise metabolites are identified as the causes of these cells' increased ability to infiltrate and thereby reduce tumors.
rat on a petri dish
December 16, 2020
Recent research published in Nature Communications has regenerated a functional thymus in mice, making several other discoveries along the way [1]. A new sub-type of thymus cell emerges Although it is imperative to our immune health, the thymus is an under-studied organ that slowly disappears as we age. Its main function is to provide a...
Media clown
November 23, 2020
If you have been following the mainstream media recently, you have probably seen a story about hyperbaric oxygen treatment and claims that it can reverse aging. Unfortunately, the media hype surrounding the results is nothing like the reality of the actual research paper, and this is another example of how shoddy journalism harms our field....
Telomeres
October 20, 2020
An international collective of scientists has discovered a new cellular process: telomere transfer from antigen-presenting cells to T cells that boosts the latter's lifespan and proliferative potential [1]. Telomere AttritionTelomeres are DNA regions located at the ends of a chromosome. Their normal length is 8-10 thousand base pairs, yet they consist of repetitions of a...
August 24, 2020
A new review takes a look at the association between the decline of the immune system and the development and course of age-related diseases. Our immune system is the ultimate defense against invading pathogens and unwanted waste, and its efficient operation is critical to the healthy function of every tissue in the body. We have...