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An Elegant DefenseBy Matt Richtel

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Matt Richtel dives into the world of immunology by giving us a first-hand look at the discoveries that have strengthened our understanding of the immune system.

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The fact that our version of the immune system has been around that long speaks of its power. It is an ever-vigilant, omnipresent peacekeeping force in the Festival of Life.

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Now more than ever before, we’re focusing on our health and wellbeing. But have you ever taken a moment to consider how your immune system factors in?

Matt Richtel is a writer and a journalist for the New York Times. In An Elegant Defense, he explores the scientific aspects of immunology, but also the humans behind the statistics. Highlighting how vital a robust immune system is for maintaining good health, he also reveals just how fragile it can be. Some viruses, such as HIV, can specifically attack our immune system, rendering us vulnerable to all types of other viruses and infections.

Immunologists work day and night to better understand our natural defense mechanisms, examining both how they protect us and how they can turn against us. Through real-life stories and a wealth of research, the book provides insights into how precious yet fallible our immune systems are.

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