Category: Blog

  • Were we born with a microbiome? Maybe, maybe not!

    Were we born with a microbiome? Maybe, maybe not!

    Although ‘bacteria may be the only culture some people have’, just like good manners, bacteria in our microbiome are also something we acquire over time in our life. To understand the role of microbiome (and its variations) in health and disease, we first need to understand when humans start forming their first microbiome. The presence […]

  • Global Warming Impacts Not Only Our Environment, But Also Our Health

    Global Warming Impacts Not Only Our Environment, But Also Our Health

    Picture credits: CNN COVID may have been terrible for humanity but was beneficial for our earth. Despite of countless calls to action from scientists and activists alike, the human race failed to make the strides necessary to stop global warming from progressing to irreversible levels, resulting in increased frequency of natural disasters and diseases. The […]

  • Alteration of Immune Metabolism Restores Memory at Old Age

    Alteration of Immune Metabolism Restores Memory at Old Age

    What is a scary but perpetual process that every living organism goes through? Ageing! We become aware of it from a very young age– looking at people growing older, having reduced quality of life, and forgetting things. We have always flirted with the idea of youth till death through works of art, whether it is […]

  • Fighting a Long Fight: Long Term Effects of COVID-19

    Fighting a Long Fight: Long Term Effects of COVID-19

    The term ‘long covid‘ did not originate from a doctor, well, not from a medical doctor at least. Dr. Elisa Perego, an archaeologist at the University College London, used the term on her Twitter account to describe her experience of a post-COVID-19 disease1. Although the term long covid came from “patients“, National Institute for Health […]

  • A Mother’s Shield of Protection: The Maternal Immunity

    A Mother’s Shield of Protection: The Maternal Immunity

    “A mother’s love is like a fortress, And we seek protection there, When the waves of tribulation, Seem to drown us in despair.” Helen Steiner Rice We as newborn infants depend on our mother for nurture and protection. A mother loves unconditionally and protects us not just from physical threats, but also biological threats. Today, […]

  • Immunology: Bigger than it seems

    Immunology: Bigger than it seems

    A World Immunology Day 2021 special post Immunology is the study of immune cells that are the body’s defense against everything that is foreign and can damage our body. Immune systems have been around for millions of years, protecting all sorts of organisms including plants and bacteria from harm. The field of Immunology has seen […]

  • Are COVID vaccines still safe? Blood clots, the mystery behind them, and the solution.

    Are COVID vaccines still safe? Blood clots, the mystery behind them, and the solution.

    The light at the end of this dark tunnel (the year 2020) is finally visible, as large scale vaccinations are in progress. Whether one stayed at home or worked endlessly to bring this pandemic to an end, our team work has contributed to end the terror. Unfortunately, a new hurdle arose in the battle against […]

  • Memory T cells persist after neoantigen vaccine in melanoma patients

    Memory T cells persist after neoantigen vaccine in melanoma patients

    Vaccines are not oblivious, especially in 2021, but when we say ‘vaccine’ we usually refer to something that can prevent an infection. Have you ever heard of therapeutic vaccines? One revolutionary therapeutic vaccine for melanoma, a new personal neoantigen vaccine called NeoVax, was developed by Ott et al. and its early clinical outcome was published […]

  • Into the unknown: mammalian immunity vs. the deep sea bacteria

    Into the unknown: mammalian immunity vs. the deep sea bacteria

    Imagine sometime in the distant future we find and colonize an earth-like planet. Makes one wonder, will our immune system retain its capacity to protect us against possibly pathogenic bacteria from that planet? Gauthier et al in their Science Immunology paper set to test the limits of our immune cells using uncommon bacteria and found […]

  • What do we say to apoptosis? Not today!

    What do we say to apoptosis? Not today!

    Have you ever wondered if there is any way to bring back the dead? And if resurrected, will they be the same person or become a zombie (the question which actually made Pet cemetery scary and GOT interesting)? Just like humans, for a long time, it was believed that when a cell dies, there is […]