Study suggests routes to improved immunity in older people
- 23 August 2016
A study from Oxford and Basel universities may point the way to maintaining our immune systems as we get older.
Humans, like all higher animals, use T cells as part of the immune system, to fight off infections and cancer. T cells are generated in an organ called the thymus, where they closely interact with thymic epithelial cells (TEC) as they mature. People without TEC cannot generate T cells, severely compromising the immune system and consequently increasing the risk for life threatening infections and cancer.
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