To keep or not to keep a hookworm

Researchers have identified an immune protein in mice that is quickly triggered in the body following infection and serves to protect the body’s tissues. Called ‘RELMalpha,’ this protein (homologue in humans is ‘resistin’) is responsible more for protecting the body than attacking the parasite — important evidence that mammals have regulatory systems in place not to kill pathogens, but instead to dampen the immune response. —> Read More