transplantation

Episode 21 - Allergies Suck Less than Cancer

Kiwi's are delicious, but sacrificing their consumption to treat your cancer is probably a worthy trade-off. Image from Flickr user eldholm. Click for source

Kiwi's are delicious, but sacrificing their consumption to treat your cancer is probably a worthy trade-off. Image from Flickr user eldholm. Click for source

This week, a guy gets a kiwi allergy from a bone marrow transplant from his sister, Matt envisions a magic mouse, and Kate peaces out after 20 min. Meanwhile, Kevin continues to be the only one drinking... that schtick may not last much longer.


Episode 001 – Everyone else’s kidneys

Download episode. In this episode, we're talking transplantation: Why is it so damned hard to transfer tumors between mice? Why do we have to go to extraordinary lengths to transplant kidneys between humans?

To serve as our guide, we go through two papers – A historical paper on the emergence of MHC in the immunological field, and a recent paper describing some cool tricks that immunologists are using to more effectively transplant organs between patients – without immune suppression. Along the way, we discuss tumor transplantation in inbred mice, Tasmanian devil face cancer, transplantrejection, the legacy of the Cavendish family (think banana), and just a touch of Tcellbiology. Happy listening!

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Links:

George D Snell and George F Higgens, "Alleles at the histocompatability-2 locus in the mouse as determined by tumor transplantation."Genetics (1951)

Tatsuo Kawai et.al. "HLA-Mismatched renal transplantation without maintenance immunosuppression." New England Journal of Medicine (2008)