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An oral history of how LJI scientists came together against COVID-19
They help us digest food, balance our immune system, and keep our hearts and brains healthy. But harmful viruses and bad bacteria can creep in at any time.
Inside the body’s defense system – and how it goes haywire in autoimmune diseases
The contents of the Immune Epitope Database (IEDB) are shocking. The free, searchable site is home to data from more than 1.6 million immunology experiments, making it a one-stop shop for understanding and predicting the body’s response to viruses, bacteria, cancer, allergens, and more.
The composition of an immune system varies not just from person to person, but over time—shifting as our health changes, as we encounter different viruses and bacteria, and as we age. Within that variability lies important clues to improving human health…
As they peel away the complex layers that form the human immune system, scientists at La Jolla Institute for Immunology are revealing a fascinating path to a new generation of powerful vaccines they believe will soon turn the tide against some of the world’s deadliest diseases, including cancer and heart disease.