What has your immune system done, or not done, for you lately? Why do some people get sick when a bug is going around, while others do not? How do vaccines, allergies, and autoimmune diseases relate to the immune system? In this 2011 Midsummer Nights' Science lecture, Nir Hacohen will answer these questions and more. He reveals how the immune system can improve our lives, but also in which ways we still need to move forward in curing the countless immune-related disorders that are common throughout the world.

Find out more about ongoing efforts at the Broad Institute to understand the immune system and about our public lecture series and other educational opportunities:

-BroadMinded blog entry (http://www.broadinstitute.org/node/2756/)
-Broad news story (http://www.broadinstitute.org/node/3791/)
-Broad Institute RNAi Platform (http://www.broadinstitute.org/node/146/)
-Education (http://www.broadinstitute.org/node/635/)
-Broad Institute Midsummer Nights' Science series (http://www.broadinstitute.org/midsummer)

Channel: Environment Channel

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