Insight into IBD, Other Diseases May Be Gained by Knowledge of Innate and Adaptive Immune Systems

Insight into IBD, Other Diseases May Be Gained by Knowledge of Innate and Adaptive Immune Systems
A view of the two parts of our immunity — the innate and adaptive immune systems —  as two separate entities, with little or no communication between each other, was recently quashed by scientists from the University of Queensland in Australia. The researchers demonstrated that the systems do indeed interact, and the findings will likely lead to new insights into autoimmune and inflammatory conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), caused by inappropriate activation of the immune system. Adaptive immunity is present only in more highly developed life forms, while innate immunity is the more ancient of the two. "Innate immunity is so old it goes all the way down to frogs, fish and even insects," Prof. Matt Cooper, a co-author of the s
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