Big Picture: Immune System out now
News / Published: 8 January 2015
The latest instalment of Big Picture, the Wellcome Trust’s free educational magazine for students aged 16+ and their teachers, is out now.
In these dark, cold winter months, many of us are struck down by infections. But how do our bodies resist attack and defend themselves? The latest issue in the Big Picture series explores the immune system and what it does to try to keep us healthy even when we’re surrounded (and often inhabited) by potentially harmful things such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.
The magazine is available to download as a PDF and is accompanied by many free online resources, including:
- an animation about how we develop immunological memory
- a colour poster exploring the specific and non-specific immune responses
- a short video about Charlotte, a young woman living with an autoimmune disease called rheumatoid arthritis
- a series of articles, including historical ones on the discovery of antibodies and the development of vaccination.