The language of T lymphocytes deciphered, the ‘Rosetta Stone’ of the immune system

23 enero 2015

How can our immune system defend us against aggressors so diverse such as viruses, parasites, fungi and tumors? The secret lies in the large number of clones of T and B lymphocytes, each of which expresses a particular specific receptor. Until a few years ago, deciphering the complexity of this vast repertoire was considered impossible. A «Rosetta stone», or a key for decoding, was missing in order to “translate” and understand this «language» in all its complexity.