Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 8 September 2004
Vol. 2004, Issue 36, p. nf82
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2004.36.nf82]


Leashing Leishmania

Some old mice fight parasitic infection better than young mice do

R. John Davenport

Abstract: Most of the people who die from flu each winter are older than 65. But a new study suggests that sometimes age bolsters, rather than cripples, the immune system. In at least one strain of mice, geriatric rodents resist a parasitic skin infection better than youngsters do. The finding highlights the convoluted changes that time imparts on the immune system, although researchers don't yet know how the finding relates to human health.

Citation: R. J. Davenport, Leashing Leishmania. Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ. 2004 (36), nf82 (2004).

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