Ashley Moffett

Ashley Moffett is professor of reproductive immunology at Cambridge.

Short Cuts: Mayonnaise Miracle Babies

Ashley Moffett, 18 November 2021

As​ a young postgraduate in 1942, Peter Medawar was asked to look into the reason skin grafts given to injured airmen were quickly rejected by the body. His work introduced the concept of a biological ‘self’. He found that the patient’s immune system not only recognised the ‘non-self’ tissue of the graft but saw it as a hostile intruder and tried to destroy it....

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