immune system

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The scientists found families of immune cells develop during an immune response, producing waves of fighters programmed to  die at different times after an infection starts.

Scientists at Maynooth and in Australia have developed a way to watch the immune system go to war against an infection and then ease back once the co(...)

Prof Luke O’Neill: “I won’t be quitting the immune system any time soon.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Prof Luke O’Neill is happy. This is not unusual: the biochemistry professor is known for his ebullience. But there’s an extra dimension to the good h(...)

From top left: nano-trisoctahedra, faceted gold nanorods (top view), nanocubes, nanorods, nanoprisms and nanostars. Image: Dr Zeljka Krpetic

Good security is all about vigilance. Your body’s immune system scrutinises all newcomers to weed out whatever looks suspicious and checking and reche(...)

Vaccines work by stimulating the “memory formation” in our immune system without causing the disease.

Once upon a time the release of a vaccine was a cause for widespread celebration. Within four years of introducing the measles vaccine in 1964 the num(...)

The new innovation fund supported by Science Foundation Ireland and Pfizer will initially support the work of five Irish scientists in four universites. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Science Foundation Ireland and drug giant Pfizer have agreed create an awards programme in support of biomedical research. The funds provided will sup(...)

Research shows a component of the immune system that tackles bacterial infections becomes weakened after the death of someone close like a spouse. This could last for as long as a year, as seen in an older person’s poor immune response after receiving the flu vaccine. Photograph: Getty

Older people who die soon after the passing of a loved one may not be dying of a broken heart. Research suggests they are succumbing to a broken immun(...)