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Young, sleeping memory cells are crucial in fighting a reinfection


Researchers from the Netherlands Cancer Institute, the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), and Oncode have created a tracking system that can reveal how often cells have divided. This allowed them to find a yet undiscovered population of immune cells: young memory cells that behave like stem cells. These cells appear to play a crucial role in the quick response of our immune system after reinfection with the same pathogen, making them very interesting for vaccine development. Read the Nature Immunology publication here.

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