Health science

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Amazing antibodies

As I mentioned in a previous blog entry,¬†antibodies are a vital tool used by biomedical researchers every day. This is one of the reasons I’m interested in them, but antibodies also play a critical role in our immune defence against invading pathogens such as viruses and bacteria. In addition, they are increasingly used in medical … Continue reading

Are we too clean?

There is no doubt that millions of lives have been saved through the introduction of vaccination,¬†improved sanitation and the use of antibiotics. Since the identification of disease-causing microbes in the 19th century by Pasteur and Koch, childhood mortality rates have been drastically reduced. This is an important backdrop to more recent work on the ‘Hygiene … Continue reading