immunology

The T Lymphocyte

Jul 07, 2020

By Alan Curtis As humans, we are constantly interacting with our environments: we sit on the couch, we ride in cars, we go for walks, we swim in rivers, lakes, and oceans, we (used to) get on planes.  The number of ways we experience and manipulate our environment leaves us susceptible to injury and disease […]

Poison Ivy

Apr 28, 2020

By Alan Curtis Hiking can be a fun and rewarding form of exercise but it comes with plenty of dangers ranging from blistered feet to wild animals. One of the most common dangers, however, is a seemingly harmless plant called Toxicodendron radicans, or more commonly, poison ivy. Poison ivy is a hardy, flowering summer plant […]

Tis the season for…Pollen

Apr 07, 2020

By Alan Curtis Ah, Spring- a season of renewal, growth and beautiful colors! Flowering plants and trees use pollen to reproduce. Pollen is produced by male parts of the flower and spread through the air and peaks in the spring months.  For some North Carolinians, pollen makes spring a time of intense allergies. Puffy eyes, […]

Do we really have the cure for HIV?

Dec 13, 2019

By Christian Agosto-Burgos The Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) emerged around 1920 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, probably as the result of human consumption of raw or undercooked chimpanzee’s meat contaminated with the Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV). If untreated, HIV can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). HIV did not become a global issue until […]