Tag Archives: Immune response

A healthy microbiome builds a strong immune system that could help defeat COVID-19

The microbes living in the gut are key to good health. Dr_Microbe/iStock/Getty Images Plus Ana Maldonado-Contreras, University of Massachusetts Medical School You may not know it, but you have an army of microbes living inside of you that are essential for fighting off threats, including the virus that causes COVID-19. In the past two decades scientists have learned our bodies …

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How flu changes within the human body may hint at future global trends

What can a single person’s flu infection tell you about how the virus changes around the world? Xue and Bloom, CC BY-SA

What can a single person’s flu infection tell you about how the virus changes around the world? Xue and Bloom, CC BY-SA Katherine Xue, University of Washington and Jesse Bloom, University of Washington Evolution is usually very slow, a process of change that takes thousands or millions of years to see. But for influenza, evolution is fast – and deadly. …

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