27 Jul 2020
Setting it Straight: The ‘I’ language of immunology
Setting it Straight - Issue #17
Written by Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty
Some of the early essays in this series were about immunity, but not much has been said so far about how the immune system actually works. Immunity is immensely complex, and it’s challenging to write about in ways that are simple, engaging and informative. But it’s time to ‘stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood’ (Henry V Act 3, scene 1) and get on with the job. ‘Summon up the blood’ is good! Immunity is a lot about blood and, as mentioned earlier (The Red and the White), very much about the white blood cells (WBCs).