Have you ever wondered how people are able to develop immunity to specific diseases? This important question has been the focus of many critical medical and immunological research endeavors. The answer is that it’s all due to the cells and antibodies of the adaptive immune system.
As we touched upon in a previous blog post, the innate immune system is an important part of our bodies’ immune defenses and it provides us with a general protective response against microbial invaders and foreign proteins. This innate immune system is evolutionarily older than our adaptive immune system, with conserved mechanisms seen in plants, animals, and insects, and it is not specialized against any particular pathogen.
We at Cell Signaling Technology (CST) have been paying close attention to news about the recent and rapid spread of a new form of coronavirus in China. As members of a global organization with many esteemed colleagues in China and all over the world, we are concerned for all who are affected by this terrible respiratory virus and are eager to provide aid to those in need.
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Scientists and medical professionals have been studying what makes us sick and the myriad mechanisms the body uses to respond to illness for hundreds of years. Some of these mechanisms are quite simple and some are elegantly complex. In this first installment of the Immunology blog series we will review the different strategies the immune system employs to keep diseases at bay.