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Preface: Our hidden army 1. Full frontal immunity: The first line of defence 2. A cast of cut-throats: The killer cells that keep us safe 3. Chit-chatting chemicals: How your immune system yells 4. Transplants: Designer vaginas to pig heart perfection 5. Outnumbered: How the immune system manages the body's resident bacteria 6. Immunological tango: Sex and love 7. What a cute parasite: Pregnancy and the immune system 8. A palace for parasites: Worms and fleas and ticks! Oh my! 9. The adaptive assassins: Killing everything from pink-eye to plague 10. Vaccines: A triumph of man's manipulation of the immune system 11. Allergies: Everything you're itching to know 12. Auto-immunity: The science of friendly fire 13. Defenceless: The boy who lived in a bubble 14. Cancer: A deadly spot the difference 15. Killer bugs: Be afraid, be very afraid 16. Clever drugs: Immunological alchemy

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A thrilling, fact-packed journey of discovery through the body's immune system

About the Author

Catherine Carver completed her first degree in Natural Sciences before going on to study Medicine at the University of Aberdeen, which included time spent in Tanzania working with TB/HIV sufferers. She's worked at the Wellcome Trust and as a Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and studied Public Health at Harvard, where she was a Frank Knox Fellow. Now living in Scotland, Catherine is a seasoned science communicator, and she has written blogs for The Lancet, Scientific American, Meducation, Mosaic and The Wellcome Trust.


A spectacular contribution to popular science writing. -- Christopher van Tulleken, doctor and TV presenter
With exuberance and clarity, Catherine Carver makes the complex science easy to understand in this refreshing read. -- Danny Altmann, Professor of Immunology, Imperial College London
Immune is a fascinating journey through the body's defences. Carver's writing fizzes with descriptions, metaphors and stories, taking us right into the inner workings of the immune system with flair and enthusiasm. -- Kat Arney, science writer, broadcaster and author of Herding Hemingway's Cats

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