Germinal centers – the B cell hive mind

In this episode I try to share what I have learned about Germinal Centers (GC) – a part of your immune system that allows B cells to selectively mature into producing the best-fitting antibodies. The GC are an important part of the affinity maturation process wherein B cells are provoked to mutate into a wide variety of options, some of which will fit better than others to the spike protein. I close with some thoughts about what this might mean for people considering vaccination vs natural disease with respect to durable immunity. There’s a surprise guest at the end…
Cell, Oct 2020 – GC weakened in severe COVID-19
Immunity, Dec 2020 – GC and mRNA vaccines

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