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Jan 9, 2022

What does the body of evidence have to say on the topic of the immune system? Plus: the omicron variant and its accompanying public health measures, and we go over what happens when scientists try to fulfill one of the promises of science: replicating results.


Block 1:

(2:46) Immunity: what it does, self versus non-self, antigens, HLA, innate versus adaptive, fever, skin


Block 2:

(12:07) Immunity: Geert Vanden Bossche, eosinophils, neutrophils, G-CSF, immune boosters, vitamin C, antibodies, T and B cells, immune memory, vaccines


Block 3:

(30:40) Omicron, public health measures, and booster doses


Block 4:

(48:34) Reproducibility of cancer studies



* Jingle by Joseph Hackl

* Theme music: “Fall of the Ocean Queen“ by Joseph Hackl.

* Assistant researcher: Nicholas Koziris


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1) Driving doggos:


2) Explanatory videos on the immune system:


3) Understanding how vaccines work:


4) Understanding how COVID-19 vaccines work:


5) Cochrane review on vitamin C for the common cold:


6) Measles vaccine information: and


7) Interview with Dr. Paul Offit for New York Mag’s Intelligencer:


8) Brian Nosek paper 1:


9) Brian Nosek paper 2:


10) New Scientist article:


11) Amgen’s paper on the lack of replicability of cancer research:


12) Jonathan’s paper on circulating microRNA signatures for cancer:



Music Credits:


Just Deep 2 by Sascha Ende®