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The Immune System’s Weirdest Weapon

Despite being the most abundant white cells in the blood, neutrophils have a history of being considered inessential – noted more for their propensity to die than for the roles they play in keeping us alive. However, neutrophils harbor one of the immune system's most unique armaments - weaponizing its own DNA.

Modern Life is Messing with Our Microbiomes, But Science is Fighting Back

The microbiome plays a crucial role in physical and mental health. A person's first few years of life are critical in acquiring the microbes necessary for a robust microbiome. Modern life is making it harder to get this exposure, with the drop in interactions due to the pandemic potentially having long-lasting effects. Scientists are researching solutions to restore this essential biological system.