“At a philosophical level, the immune system, to me, is somewhat representative of the self and how society functions. We decide what is ‘self’ and ‘non-self’. We put tags of our identity on ourselves: ‘I’m a Canadian’, for example. We make decisions about what we perceive as dangerous or not all the time, just like the immune system does — I think this inner reflection is part of the reason the study of the immune system is intrinsically interesting to me.”
CHÉOS’ new Scientist Dr. Shirin Kalyan, a translational immunologist, used to sit in her undergraduate immunology courses in suspended disbelief.
“When I went to physics and math, there was a pretty clear formula and you sort of get it after a while,” she said.
“But when I was listening to this idea of how T cells and B cells with unique receptors are left with the task of recognizing a chewed-up peptide presented on an MHC molecule by an antigen presenting cell usually in some lymph node—and this seemingly lucky chance encounter is what your immune system is relying on to recognize and fight danger—it seemed like a rather whimsical form of protection.”
Read at the Source: CHEOS: Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences – Dated: August 17, 2017