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Fighting Infection

Exploring the immune system and infectious diseases

What’s going on inside us when we get sick? What do germs have to do with us getting sick? How does our body help us to get better? How does it fight infection?

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    Infection is the invasion of pathogenic (disease-causing) microorganisms within the body. It involves the body’s response to that invasion.

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    Reducing infectious diseases

    Dr Joanna Kirman and her team at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research in Wellington investigate infectious diseases. Their goal is to reduce the incidence of infectious diseases in New Zealand...

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    Hookworm and allergies

    Professor Graham Le Gros from the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research in Wellington has discovered that hookworm and other infections can suppress allergies, including asthma. His research...

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    Designing drugs and making molecules

    Dr Bridget Stocker from the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research and Dr Mattie Timmer from Victoria University of Wellington are chemists. They are working together to design drugs and strengthen...

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Virus replication

A virus infecting an animal cell through a process called endocytosis.


NZ Research

NZ Research collection.
NZ Research collection. This collection provides information about the work of New Zealand’s world-class science and technology sectors in relation to Fighting...

Science Ideas and Concepts

Science Ideas and Concepts collection.
Science Ideas and Concepts collection. Scientific study requires a basic knowledge and understanding of ideas and concepts. This collection explains the ideas that are...

Looking Closer

Looking Closer collection.
Looking Closer collection.
This collection contains a wide variety of resources and information about Fighting Infection, which supports the resources in the other...


People collection.
People collection. This collection introduces some of the people working or studying in the areas explored in Fighting Infection. Click on a name to find out...

Teaching and Learning Approaches

Teaching and Learning Approaches collection.
Teaching and Learning Approaches collection. Student activities are the main feature of this collection, along with a variety of resources for teachers to use in exploring Fighting...

Timeline – Fighting infection

Timeline – Fighting infection collection.
Timeline – Fighting infection collection. An interactive look at some of the historical aspects of Fighting Infection.

Question Bank

Question Bank collection.
Question Bank collection. An inquiry approach is a method often used in science education. The question bank provides an initial list of questions about Fighting...

Key Terms

Key Terms collection.
Key Terms collection. 10 key terms that should be understood for this context.

Sci Media

Sci Media collection.
Sci Media collection. This collection is where you can find all the images, video clips, animations and interactives that relate to Fighting Infection.

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