Immunology

Memory B cells protecting against mutant viruses

Specialised memory cells found in our immune system play an important role in our ability to fight virus mutations, such as those produced by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to research.

“Recovering from covid can take years”

Two years after infection with COVID-19, half of patients who were admitted to hospital still have at least one symptom, according to the longest follow-up study to date.

Lupus: In search of the elusive mutation

Carola Vinuesa explains her research into lupus and what happened when a TLR7 mutation was introduced to mice using CRISPR gene-editing.

“Diabetes in COVID-19 patients may be transitory”

Many COVID-19 patients newly diagnosed with diabetes during hospital admission may in fact have a temporary form of the disease related to the acute stress of the viral infection, it is claimed.

New diagnoses have plummeted in the pandemic

New diagnoses of common chronic conditions have dramatically declined during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study.

"Common cold T cells protect against Covid"

A new study led by Imperial College London researchers provides the first evidence that T cells from common colds could cross-protect against infection with SARS-CoV-2.

mRNA injection to make CAR T cells

An experimental immunotherapy can temporarily reprogramme patients’ immune cells to attack a specific target via a single injection of messenger RNA (mRNA), similar to the mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines, according to a new study.

Jabs and long Covid

Vaccines reduce the odds of SARS-CoV-2 infection, but also long COVID, says Dr Rose Penfold, discussing her new study.

My lab: The immunology laboratory

Medical Laboratory Assistant Muneebah Jasat gives a guided tour of her lab at the Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Test distinguishes SARS-CoV-2

A tablet-sized device has been developed that can detect multiple COVID-19 antibodies and biomarkers simultaneously.

Biosensors for COVID-19

Scientists have created a new way to detect the proteins that make up the pandemic coronavirus, as well as antibodies against it.

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