Monday, 31 October 2016

New Approach Tests the Strength of Immunity

New Approach Tests the Strength of Immunity

 Great work is being done by Thomas Jefferson University who have developed a new method to test the strength of the immune response to certain antigens!


Newswise — (PHILADELPHIA) -- The immune system orchestrates large and small scale attacks on innumerous targets: viruses, bacteria, cancer, but it also misfires causing allergy or autoimmune reactions. Compounding the problem, not every immune reaction is equal – sometimes a necessary reaction is not strong enough or at times it’s too strong. Now Thomas Jefferson University researchers have developed a new way to determine the strength of an immune response to a particular antigen. The results, published in Nature Communications on October27th, could be used to help doctors personalize immune-modulating therapies – like cancer immunotherapies, or immunosuppressive therapies used in organ transplantation – more effectively. 
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