What are T lymphocytes?
The National Cancer Institutes explained: “T lymphocytes are a type of white blood cell.
“T lymphocytes are part of the immune system and develop from stem cells in the bone marrow.
“They help protect the body form infection and may help fight cancer.“
Therefore, T cells could play an integral role in helping to fight coronavirus, it’s been suggested.
Professor Sikora continued: “If we could make a kit that would test for that memory we’d have the most perfect test for past infection.
“We could even have an immune passport, antibodies alone are just not going to be enough.
“It’s a very exciting area, it would also explain why some people who have had SARS or MERS may be making T cells which can defend them and they’re never going to get Coronavirus too.
Published at Fri, 22 May 2020 16:45:00 +0000