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ARTICLES SCIENTIFIQUES
First Impressions Go a Long Way in the Immune System
An algorithm that predicts the immune response to a pathogen could lead to early diagnosis for such diseases as tuberculosis
When immune cells (macrophage, blue) meet bacteria (red), the first day or two is critical for the eventual outcome

First impressions are important – they can set the stage for the entire course of a relationship. The same is true for the impressions the cells of our immune system form when they first meet a new bacterium. Using this insight, Weizmann Institute of Science researchers have developed an algorithm that may predict the onset of such diseases as tuberculosis. The findings of this research were recently published in Nature Communications.

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