White blood cells called neutrophils may be central to the immune system overreaction that can kill COVID-19 patients. Could rod-shaped particles help?
Tags: covid-19 inflammation lungs white-blood-cells health-and-medicine immune-systems shapes
Your genes could determine whether the coronavirus puts you in the hospital – and we're starting to unravel which ones matter
Researchers from Oregon Health and Science University found that variations in genes that code for parts of the cellular alarm system might play a role in how well people fight off COVID-19.
May 5, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: genetics covid-19 coronavirus immune-system biology genes t-cells immune-cells disease viruses research-brief white-blood-cells immune cells computational-biology
Different demographics are more or less vulnerable to serious complications from the coronavirus. A virologist explains the aging-related changes in how immune systems work that are to blame.
March 19, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus immune-system t-cells immunology aging sars-cov-2 immunity coronavirus-2020 new-coronavirus adaptive-immune-response innate-immune-response immune-response white-blood-cells t-cell
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