Influenza: Get the (Antigenic) Drift

Influenza: Get the (Antigenic) Drift

Have you ever wondered why you need a flu vaccination each year? Unlike other viruses that are relatively stable, influenza viruses are always changing. Influenza genes drift to create new viruses. This means that the infection-fighting antibodies that your body makes in response to the flu vaccine may only protect you for one flu season.…

The Immune System

The Immune System

Hi. It’s Mr. Andersen and welcome to the immune system podcast. In this podcast I wanted to start with a little history. These are some beautiful illustrations from the Florentine Codex which is thousands of pages long. It was created over about 45 years by this guy, this friar. And basically what we did was…

Meet the alpacas that are helping researchers who study autism, Alzheimer’s and cancer

Meet the alpacas that are helping researchers who study autism, Alzheimer’s and cancer

They very small size, they’re heat-stable, they’re acid stable and there’s evidence that the pass the blood-brain barrier. So they can be used at many different levels in the lab and even in diagnostics. And ultimate goal is to utilize these antibodies to pave the way for potential therapies. I was surprised they were skittish.…

The Side Effects of Vaccines – How High is the Risk?

The Side Effects of Vaccines – How High is the Risk?

Vaccines are celebrated for their part in fighting disease.But, a growing group of peopleseem to believe that they endanger our health, instead of protecting it.The Internet is full of stories about allergic reactions,the onset of disabilities,and even death following vaccination appointments.And, it’s true vaccines can have side effects.Let’s look at how they work, and how…