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Ground zero in a fight for interdisciplinary knowledge: microbiology and immunology

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This week, the Editor in Chief and a member of the Board of Editors of mBio weigh in on the relationship between two natural allies in medicine: microbiology and immunology. The two disciplines have a long history that stretches back to when they each emerged in the late 1800s, during which they have sometimes been closely connected, sometimes not. Biron and Casadevall outline a brief history of how the disciplines have intertwined in Departments of Microbiology and Immunology at universities and medical schools over the years, and argue that some of the greatest breakthroughs in medicine have arisen from close collaboration between the two. They contend that since each field has something the other lacks, their integration is important for advancing understanding of the immune system and microbes.

 
 

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