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An Unsung Hero: How the Enteric Nervous System Fights Infection

An Unsung Hero: How the Enteric Nervous System Fights Infection

Illustration by Anasthasia Shilov. When we think about infection, we think about microscopic drama: the immune system as the sole guardians of our bodies; white blood cells as staunch defenders against pathogenic invaders. However, while B cells hunt for antigen-presenting

A Surprising Shield: Previous dengue exposure protects against Zika

A Surprising Shield: Previous dengue exposure protects against Zika

In Pau da Lima, the Brazilian epicenter of the 2015-2016 Zika epidemic, over seventy percent of the population was infected. Yet, across distances as small as twenty meters, there were large variations in risk of Zika infection. This differential immunity