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Molecular Medicine—The Immune System

Lecture no. 19 from the course: Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications

Molecular Medicine—The Immune System

Taught by Professor David Sadava | 29 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Science Course

George Washington stemmed a smallpox epidemic by ordering his soldiers to be inoculated during an outbreak. Fifty years earlier, the slave Onesimus had advised Cotton Mather, the Puritan minister, of the practice in his homeland of rubbing dried pus from a smallpox carrier onto a cut of a healthy person. This process created antibodies that resisted the disease. Professor Sadava uses these illustrations to explain how our cells fight disease.

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