Category: Immunology

How the Tick Immune System Works

What’s up with Ticks? Ticks transmit more than 10 different human diseases. The most common is Lyme disease. It’s estimated that bites mostly from the blacklegged or deer tick cause about 329,000 cases of Lyme disease per year. That’s a little less than half the population of Boston. Lyme...

Plant Defense and Disease Resistance!

Plants are weird. Maybe I should be a bit more specific. Plants have weird immune systems. Scientists know a lot about how the plant immune system works, but there is still a lot we don’t know! Researchers at Duke University have learned a bit more about the plant immune...

Can We Cure Autoimmune Diseases?

What do you do when your illness isn't caused by bacteria or viruses, but is instead caused by your own immune system? Researchers are developing new technologies that could help cure autoimmune diseases....