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Science for the People

We only notice our immune sys­tems when they aren’t work­ing prop­er­ly, or when they’re under attack. How does our immune sys­tem under­stand what bits of us are us, and what bits are invad­ing germs and virus­es? How dif­fer­ent are human immune sys­tems from the immune sys­tems of oth­er crea­tures? And is the immune sys­tem so often the tar­get of sketchy med­ical advice? Those ques­tions and more, this week in our con­ver­sa­tion with author Idan Ben-Barak about his book Why Aren’t We Dead Yet?: The Survivor’s Guide to the Immune System”.