Category: Blog

  • Microbiota makes our intestines move and keeps the worms away

    Microbiota makes our intestines move and keeps the worms away

    Image source: CDC The word “infection” is often associated with either bacteria or virus, but we all know there are some other bad guys that can infect us too. One must not forget about- the parasites. Even though they are more common in the rural areas where hygiene is still an issue, WHO counts that […]

  • Slowing Down Inflamm-Aging with Diet

    Slowing Down Inflamm-Aging with Diet

    Source: istock What if I tell you that you can greatly improve your immune system by just cutting your calories by 40%?  If you are as skeptical as I, your cursor would be on its way to the “close tab” button after reading that first sentence. In my very personal and non-scientific opinion, a 40% […]

  • A better method for T cell isolation is not so enigMATIC anymore

    A better method for T cell isolation is not so enigMATIC anymore

    When we talk on the topic of cancer therapies, the first one that comes to my mind is adoptive T cell therapy using tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs). It has received a lot of good reviews in the last couple of years and persists as a promising tumor therapy for the future. It works on the principle […]

  • A Song of Marrow and Microbes

    A Song of Marrow and Microbes

    Stem cells! Iron! Macrophages! Red blood cells! Butyrate! Gut microbiota! No, we are not just blurting out random terms (stick with us till the end to read the full story). These keywords summarize a study by Zhang and colleagues that was published in Cell Stem Cell earlier this month. However, summarizing the work in a single […]

  • Host microbiota affects the brain’s innate immune system

    Host microbiota affects the brain’s innate immune system

    “I’m Gonna Make Him an Offer He Can’t Refuse.” -Don Vito Corleone It could be a quote from a dialogue between the host microbiota and the host immune system… Let’s figure it out step by step. Did you know that beneficial microorganisms live in and on our bodies? An adult human body consists of approximately […]

  • A step towards affordable cell therapy using mRNA technology

    A step towards affordable cell therapy using mRNA technology

    This image was created with Biorender.com A decade ago, a novel immunotherapy ravaged two pounds of cancer cells and revolutionized the treatment of blood cancer. This immunotherapy isolated T cells from a patient and inserts a gene encoding synthetic chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) ex-vivo into T cells. These CARs contain regions to redirect T cells […]

  • The Spoils of Epstein-Barr Virus and Its Role in Multiple Sclerosis

    The Spoils of Epstein-Barr Virus and Its Role in Multiple Sclerosis

    Picture source: iStock, Health Central 2022 is off to a great start for Science as Harvard researchers published a study that potentially solves a longstanding question: Can viral infections cause Multiple Sclerosis (MS)? According to their findings, the answer is yes, we can confidently say that Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), a long-term suspect for causing this […]

  • Welcome to Immunity, Red Blood Cells

    Welcome to Immunity, Red Blood Cells

    In our childhood, we have been taught that our blood cells are divided into immune cells or white blood cells and non-immune cells containing red blood cells (RBCs) and platelets. This blog article shatters that notion and questions if RBCs can join the elite club of immune cells. Previously, Lam and colleagues demonstrated that RBCs […]

  • Goodnight, Sleep tight, don’t take your immunity light!

    Goodnight, Sleep tight, don’t take your immunity light!

    “Early to bed and early to rise makes one healthy, wealthy and wise.” Day and night have existed for as long as the earth and sun- since before the beginning of life forms. So, it is not surprising that a large number of organisms, including all eukaryotes, have evolved considering day and night cycles. These […]

  • OMV-based vaccines for SARS-CoV-2

    OMV-based vaccines for SARS-CoV-2

    Picture source: Dr. Matt Delisa, Locally Sourced Science The development, production, and manufacturing of large-scale vaccines are necessary for control of the pandemic internationally- to divide the load as well as keep vaccines up to date with the emerging variants- especially in underdeveloped countries. The vaccination has turned into a race between SARS-CoV-2 and scientists, […]