Index of immunology-related topics


First is an article on Edward Jenner and the history of vaccines.  Jenner was the pioneer in this field, taking bold risks that would positively shock modern-day sensibilities.

Here's an article on the effects of sanitation on the transmission of diseases.

This article is about ELISPOT assays. A related article provides a brief overview of the study of immunology. This is naturally just a light covering of the subject matter, as a more thorough discussion would encompass many volumes.  At some point, I would like to discuss more specific topics, such as oncology and allergies.

On the prevention of food-borne diseases: The work of Louis Pasteur

On fighting bacteria with antibiotics.  Why do they work on bacteria (as opposed to, say, viruses)?  By what mechanism do antibiotics operate?

A brief discussion of the ELISA spot technique, a revolutionary technique for enumerating active secretory cells. Also, a discussion of the sensitivity of the ELISA spot technique. To round off these topics, we also have a brief explanation of clonogenic assays.

There is also a brief blurb on cryopreserved PBMCs that is, frozen and preserved peripheral blood mononuclear cells.

What is flow cytometry? The basic concept behind this laboratory technique is explained in the article listed here.

Cytokines are proteins that are produced by leukocytes. They act as chemical messengers between cells and can stimulate or inhibit the activity of various immune cells.

A discussion of cell culture media, discussing the effects of serum in media and the advantages of using serum-free formulations. Every serum batch is unique, due to a host of bioactive molecules. Their presence in variable concentrations requires extensive and repeated testing, which complicates their use. We also have a discussion of serum, which constitutes a huge part of human blood plasma--and thus, human blood. (It's what's left over from the plasma after all the cells and clotting factors have been removed.)

Also, some scholarly discussions on eicosanoids and septic shock, excerpted from a very impressive text that I found at the public library. Whoa.




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