Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Allergies on the rise.

Allergies reach epidemic levels in Europe: experts

Last Updated: 2006-03-31 9:30:18 -0400 (Reuters Health)

A Reuters release from BERLIN (Reuters) - Explains that allergies such as hay fever are reaching epidemic proportions in Europe and a failure to treat them properly is creating a mounting bill for society and the healthcare system, experts said on Friday.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Details about the RAG genes used in the human immune system.

RAG genes are involved in shuffling human antibody genes.

V and J segments mentioned below are the parts of the antibody gene that get shuffled as part of a complex and important normal human reponse to infection.

RAG1 evolved from mobile genes called transposons , otherwise called transposable elements (TEs) that move between species.

This posting is background, documentation of scientific detail, and explanation for an item about Transib transposons which perhaps should be read first