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CUTTING EDGE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA RESEARCHERS CONTINUE TO MAKE STARTLING DISCOVERIES ABOUT THE NATURE OF OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

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ince the spring of 2015, researchers at the University of Virginia have been making ground-breaking discoveries about the nature of our immune system at a breakneck pace. The process exploded off the line when Ph.D. and postdoctoral fellow Antoine Louveau (seen here at left of Dr. Kipnis) peered into his microscope and was confronted by a sight that has since rewritten anatomy textbooks the world over. Looking at the slide-mounted meninges of a mouse—that is, the membranes covering the animal’s brain—Louveau noticed vessel-like patterns in the distribution of immune cells, which would appear to indicate, ah… the presence of lymphatic vessels? Amazing, but for the fact that such physiological structures don’t exist. Figuring something was likely wrong with

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Wine & Country Living Spring 2017  

Wine & Country Living Spring 2017