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Get that Lymph Moving!

6 Jul 2022

Foreign invaders, be they molds on walls, toxins in polluted air, contaminants in food, viruses, bacteria, parasites, or fungi, represent a threat to our health. Luckily, our body has a way of...

How to Social Distance in a University Residence Hall

3 Jun 2022

Living for two semesters in McGill’s Upper Residence dorms, I dodged COVID-19 against all odds....

The Masked Kids Are Alright

25 Feb 2022

It is easy to raise the spectre of science to scare people. Talk about a new vaccine technology messing with your DNA and you’ve conjured up instant anxiety. It is an especially potent technique...

'Natural immunity' to COVID has its limits

25 Feb 2022

This article was originally posted in the Montreal Gazette

The Debilitating Puzzle Box of Long COVID

4 Feb 2022

Imagine sitting in front of 40,000 tiny pieces that you have to assemble into a jigsaw puzzle. Except that some of these pieces may belong to a different puzzle. There is no box to tell you what...

Do Bad Viruses Always Become Good Guys in the End?

18 Dec 2021

In our social media age, talk of virulence has gone viral, with most of us atwitter about the course the new coronavirus is taking. As novel variants move up the ladder of concern, we are left...

Cancer’s Sweet Tooth

17 Dec 2021

To the surprise of many, however, cancer cells are defective at producing the very fuel they need to grow and spread, but manage to overcome the innate “disability” and out-compete normal healthy...

How We Know That the COVID-19 Vaccines Work

23 Jul 2021

We keep hearing that the COVID-19 vaccines work but some people have asked us, “How do we know that they work?”...

Sometimes You Want Immunity Suppressed

25 Jun 2021

“Boosting immunity” is a hot topic these days. That’s understandable since it is our immune system that protects us from invaders such as the SARS-CoV-2 virus. But boosting the immune system is a...

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