Exotic immune systems are big business
IMP faculty member Dr. Max Cooper was one of the founders of modern immunology. We connect his early work with his lab’s more recent focus on lampreys, primitive parasites with surprisingly sophisticated immune systems.
Molecules from animals with exotic immune systems can be big business. Cooper’s team has shown their utility as diagnostic tools, and his colleagues have been weaponizing them, possibly for use in cancer immunotherapy.
Dr. Trent Spencer, a faculty member in the CB and MSP programs, is also mentioned in this story.