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Immune cells in the starting blocks: ’Always ready’ is hard work

Health - Apr 24
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When pathogens invade the body, the immune system must react immediately and prevent or contain an infection. But how do our immune cells stay ready when there is no attacker in sight? Scientists from Vienna and Salzburg have come up with an intriguing explanation: They are stimulated by healthy tissue. This means they never come to rest and are immediately ready for action when they are needed. This finding could be used to develop drugs in the future to specifically increase the alertness of our immune system