Archive for September, 2020
As we progress on the pandemic learning curve, with immunology, or at least versions of it occupying centre stage. It is becoming clear that science studies provide supporters of science with better arguments to combat critics, by showing that the strength of scientific conclusions arises because credible experts use comprehensive bodies of evidence to arrive at consensus judgments about whether a theory should be retained or rejected in favour of a new one. It is, however, difficult to feel completely secure in judgements, when data sets continue to evolve and capture periods of focus.
These consensus judgments are what have enabled the astounding levels of success that have revolutionised our lives for the better. It is the preponderance of evidence that is relevant in making such judgments, not one, or even a few results. Read the rest of this entry »
There is a seasonal change to weather patterns that is reflected in the behaviour and responses to biological challenges within us. Physical, psychological, and metabolic, including immune rhythms are all circadian in their functionality and as such have related shifts in their capability and responsiveness at different times of the year and at different latitudes.
In most cases these are of little consequence, after all we have a substantive level of redundancy built into all our integrative systems, each one operating to support the other to minimise entropy or dysfunction.
However, managing these systems requires a high level of biological autonomy and feedback loops, that in turn rely on the internal and external environment to provide cues and support. Much like our immune system does in its evolution as it seeks to protect us. By now you are probably less interested in antibodies than a few weeks ago, but they remain a viable part of our overall immune defence and reflect exposure of various antigens and so can confer long term protection. Read the rest of this entry »