A crystal ball for making vaccines?

syringes-and-vial-1307461-1280x960Did you have the flu vaccine this winter? Did you feel a bit under the weather afterwards? What if there was a way to predict how you would respond to a vaccine before it was given to you?

Vaccines work by creating an immune memory without you ever having the disease. By treating you with a killed version or pieces of the pathogen we want to vaccinate against, we trigger a small immune response. This makes memory antibody producing B cells which kick into action when you encounter the real pathogen and stop it from taking hold.

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White Blood Cells: Meet the Team

Keeping you healthy is a massive team effort. In a single drop of your blood there are thousands of white blood cells doing different jobs. From raising the alarm on dangers, to coordinated attacks on infection, and even just keeping the whole system in balance, your white blood cells are a diverse and elite team. Each of these cells will take centre stage on the blog at some point, but for now I’d like to give you a quick introduction to all of them and the main jobs they do. Meet the team!

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