Immune System Biology
Immune System Biology
In a world full of dangers, from bacterial infections to cancer, our immune system is our fortress. We study the immune system to boost our ability to fight off numerous diseases.

Common dietary elements cure lethal infections, eliminating the need for antibiotics

Associate Professor Janelle Ayres found that giving mice dietary iron supplements enabled them to survive a normally lethal bacterial infection and resulted in later generations of those bacteria being less virulent. The approach demonstrated in preclinical studies that non-antibiotic-based strategies—such as nutritional interventions—can shift the relationship between the patient and the pathogens away from antagonism and toward cooperation.

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