A team of Melbourne scientists has discovered a new type of cell in the immune system. Their findings could ultimately lead to the development of novel drugs that strengthen the immune response against particular types of infectious organisms.
The discovery, published today in the international journal Nature Immunology, is a fundamental advance in understanding the different components of the immune system and how this system casts a net wide enough to catch all kinds of different infectious organisms.
The new cell type, a kind of white blood cell, belongs to a family of T-cells that play a critical role in protection against infectious disease.
Very cool though.