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Rebooting the Immune System

Remember your last paper cut, or the bad cold that had you coughing and blowing your nose? It was your immune system that was busy trying to make you better by battling the bacteria or virus that was attacking your body. How your immune system works is the discussion Dr. Biology has with pediatrician Paul Turke. They also talk about how our immune systems have to reboot to keep up with evolving bacteria and viruses.

Background T-cell image from NIAD/NIH

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Topic Time
Introduction - with basics of the immune system. 00:00
What is the immune system? 01:44
Cast of characters - the cells of the immune system 02:20
Why the immune system needs to reboot. 02:36
Nature versus Nurture and how it relates to allergies 04:46
T-cell education 09:18
You are called a Darwinian Pediatrician - what is that? 12:42
How did your journey in science lead you to become a doctor? 15:21
How does anthropology fit into the practice of medicine? 18:48
Are there misconceptions between an evolutionary pediatrician and a traditional pediatrician? 19:41
Sports and steroids 22:34
Three Questions 24.16
When did you know you wanted to be a scientist - physician? 24:26
What would you do if you could not be a biologist or physician? 25:33
What advice do you have for someone wanting to be a biologist? 26:16
Intro to the book 27:04
Reading from chapter one of Bringing Up Baby by Paul Turke. 27:35
Sign-off. 30:27

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Rebooting the Immune System

Audio editor: CJ Kazilek

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Viral Attack Comic

To learn more about the immune system, visit the Viral Attack comic book.

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