immunology

Why Amish Children Rarely Get Asthma

Why Amish Children Rarely Get Asthma

For years, scientists have known that growing up on a farm protects children from asthma, but the reasons for this weren’t entirely clear. A fascinating comparative analysis of Amish and Hutterite farming communities has finally uncovered the specific aspects of farm life that are responsible for this built-in immune protection.

Cows With Human Chromosomes Can Now Make Human Antibodies 

Cows With Human Chromosomes Can Now Make Human Antibodies 

Cows are big hulking creatures — not so great for tipping over while drunk, but great for turning into living factories that make massive quantities of antibodies. Scientists have inserted a modified human chromosome to cows that can now make human antibodies for hantavirus. Other deadly disease like Ebola and…