Antibodies can “shield” against infection, but they can’t be expected to win the war alone

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, scientists have strived to understand the intricacies of the human immune response to the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.  Whilst there is now little doubt that humans can, thankfully, generate an effective immune response – involving production of viral-specific antibodies – recent studies suggest that the quality and duration of such anContinue reading “Antibodies can “shield” against infection, but they can’t be expected to win the war alone”

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Engineering meets biology – CAR-T cells and how they target cancer

When asked to define what a doctor means by a “drug”, most of us describe a chemical compound that has been extracted from a leaf or made from scratch in a laboratory. Recent research, particularly within the field of cancer, has shown that scientists are now able to engineer a patient’s own cells to makeContinue reading “Engineering meets biology – CAR-T cells and how they target cancer”