Innate Immunity and Infection

The moment a pathogen, which has successfully entered the body, is recognized, the body quickly mobilizes its defenses. Interferons are molecules that are counted among the body’s first line of defense. They prevent proliferation and the spread of viruses in the body and serve to alert the immune system. Read here about the different ways we use to try and decode this system, all in an effort to find new approaches to infectious disease prevention and therapy.


Our Research

The interferon system is the body’s first line of defense against infections. It links up the body’s two most important lines of defense: the innate and the acquired immune response. The interferon system thus represents an important aspect of the body’s ability to defend itself against an infection.

If the interferon system were missing, viruses would be allowed to proliferate unchecked, and protective immune responses like the ones triggered during a vaccination would not be able to develop properly.

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