Physicists join immune fight

Physicists join immune fight

Principles beyond biology may help explain how the body battles infection

By Susan Gaidos, 08:48 AM December 30, 2010

A runny nose, sore throat and fever may send you running to your doctor — a perfectly satisfactory strategy if all you are seeking is relief. Applying their knowledge of biology, doctors can analyze your symptoms and then prescribe the best drugs to alleviate them. But if you want to know what’s really going on inside your body, consider asking a physicist.

Through the years, biologists have identified and described the various cells that orchestrate the immune system’s response to infectio...

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