Presenting the marvels of immunity

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Nature Reviews Immunology
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The immune system is one of the most intensely studied of all human systems. Hundreds of thousands of scientists have spent their days (and lives) trying to understand just one part of it. Yet this vast human endeavour remains largely unknown to the general public. Our community could do more to present immunology as the great and important scientific adventure that it is.


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  1. Manchester Collaborative Centre for Inflammation Research, University of Manchester, 46 Grafton Street, Manchester M13 9NT, UK.

    • Daniel M. Davis

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  • Daniel M. Davis

    Daniel M. Davis obtained a Ph.D. in Physics before doing postdoctoral research with Jack Strominger at Harvard University, USA. He is currently a professor of immunology at the University of Manchester, UK, and a visiting professor at Imperial College, London, UK. He has published over 100 academic articles and was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, UK, in 2011. In 2013, he published The Compatibility Gene, a popular-level book about the HLA system, which was picked by Bill Bryson in the Guardian's Books of the Year.
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