Infections and the Immune System

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Pandora didn’t unleash evils on the world by opening her box. Rather, the evils existed; the world didn’t have a name for them or understood what they were. So the ancients made up stories about gods fighting and striking a stone with a staff and constellations and planetary motion. Maybe there’s some truth in some of those stories? Who knows. Coincidences happen.

We have a new study led by Dr. Katherine King of the Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital that may tell us more than we have ever known about what ails us. And if you have a paranoid streak, put on your seatbelt.

Current theory holds that the root of our immune system is in gut bacteria. However, the mechanism for resisting injury and disease is via white blood cells that are generated in bone morrow. In those two sentences, there is a massive complexity that…

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