Sick? Blame your parents

The more we advance in medicine, the more it’s noted that we have to individualise treatments – certain patients will handle the same infection in different ways, or catch different bugs, and not just because of the co-morbidities they have. 

The genetics of immunology and infection are going to be a major player in tailoring treatments in the future, in regards to what specific deficiency people have that led them to have an infection. Traditionally, we’ve looked at deficiencies in the cell types themselves – now it’s time to look at how we recognise the pathogens themselves. 

There’s a whole review on it over here at NEJM – check it out. 

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