Welcome to Emmunity.org

We aim to be a comprehensive resource for learning about the immune system, but we’re still working on it. Check out our podcasts here on Audiommunity or on soundcloud, and our graphics and animations at Visimmunity.

8 thoughts on “Home

  1. Arlene Woodruff

    OK, not being a scientist it took me a couple of times through Episode 1 before I started to get the concepts. There have been better transplant results when combining bone marrow transplants with other organs (from the same source). Would this have any implication for people who have already had an organ transplant and are currently on anti-rejection drugs? (If so I will be telling my cousin how to proceed with his doctors!) Also, with the chance of finding an exact match being so small – is the bone marrow registry effective?

    1. Matt

      The answer to your question may not be known. I think the answer that the authors would give you is that the bone marrow transplantation needs to be done simultaneously to provide the benefits that they see, but I’m not aware (although there may be) of studies looking at what happens if you bone marrow transplant after extended immune suppression.

      To answer your second question, this is exactly why we must have a bone marrow registry. With the odds of finding someone so low, an exact match is extremely hard to come by and so an extremely broad net has to be cast in order to find an exact match. It’s important to point out that even finding someone who is a “close” match (4-5 out of 6 matched MHC proteins) has a much better chance of long term graft survival than a complete mismatch.

  2. Robin Datta

    I don’t do SoundCloud, Facebook or Twitter. Is there an alternate way to access your podcasts. TWIV says they are on iTunes, but iTunes does not seem to have them.

    1. kevin Post author

      How do you typically listen to podcasts?

      There are several ways to get access to our podcast. The Mp3 is attached to the post here on the website, so you could come and download it manually (but that’s a pain). If you have a podcast app, you should be able to grab our RSS feed (over to the right of the webpage) and plug that in, or you should be able to find us on itunes and subscribe. TWiV should be there too though – are you looking in the main music store of itunes or in the podcast directory?

    2. Simon

      I think, like me, you were searching for “emmunity” when it is “audiommunity” that we should be looking for.

  3. Robin Datta

    I’m a retired Emergency Physician who was in the last class to graduate from Dacca Medical College in East Pakistan: since the Bangladesh government refused to recognise it and so I retook the exam and was in the first class to graduate from Bangladesh. My immunology was Stone Age immunology: thanks for your podcasts.

    My anatomy professor had a pocked face from smallpox.

    I had malaria 4 times diagnosed by the symptoms & signs by my father and treated with chloroquine. He was once a regimental medical officer in the Burma campaign in the Second World War, and he had cerebral malaria. I also remember having mumps with swollen parotids (didn’t know they were parotids then).

    Variola. Is smallpox. Chickenpox is varicella (varicella zoster virus).

    Also, bacteria is plural. “A bacteria” makes the speakers sound as if they don’t know s**t from Shinola. The singular is bacterium, as in “a bacterium”.

    He also immunised all the family for smallpox every year. His own immunisations failed to take after he worked in a smallpox ward.

    Your podcast RSS feed plugs in just fine into iTunes.

    1. Matt

      Hi Robin,

      Thank you for your feedback and your willingness to share some of the personal history you have had with some of the topics we have discussed. I am embarrassed to admit that we noticed the discrepancy in our virus identification shortly after the episode aired, but we are still trying to figure out the best way to correct those sorts of mistakes. As it stands, the podcast is unscripted so unfortunately these sorts of errors are likely to occur – however if you have suggestions on how best to correct them we would be happy to try to incorporate them. Perhaps we could publish corrections on the post page?

      Thanks for listening, and I hope you continue to find us useful!

    2. kevin Post author

      Excellent points. We should definitely add corrections to the posts – I don’t know why we didn’t when we noticed the error, but since we forgot, Robin, you get all the credit (I’ve now added a correction with a link to this comment). Would you mind if I moved your comment from the home page over to the post that contains the podcast you’re referencing?

      Also good point about “bacterium,” that was sloppy.

      Finally, thank you for the fascinating personal anecdotes. It’s easy for us westerners/young people to forget that these diseases are not ancient history, and it’s important to be reminded of that. Thanks for listening, and please keep the comments, corrections and criticisms coming!


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