MYTUTOR SUBJECT ANSWERS

450 views

How do we develop immunity?

Immunity is the ability for the body to respond to familiar pathogens so quickly that they are not able to cause a physical disease, meaning we can be infected for a short period of time, and not notice. To do this the body needs to be able to recognise pathogens that have previously infected us. This is achieved by ‘lymphocytes’, a particular kind of white blood cell, that recognise ‘antigens’; these are markers on pathogens that allow the body to identify them. Each lymphocyte will produce a specific type of antibody: proteins that bind to antigens and damage/ destroy them. Some lymphocytes become dormant after an infection (they do not actively produce antibodies), and can be reactivated by infection by pathogens marked by antigens that they produce antibodies to. This allows the body to react quickly to any repeat infections i.e. become immune.

Chidera O. GCSE Biology tutor, GCSE Chemistry tutor, GCSE Maths tutor...

2 years ago

Answered by Chidera, a GCSE Biology tutor with MyTutor


Still stuck? Get one-to-one help from a personally interviewed subject specialist

185 SUBJECT SPECIALISTS

£18 /hr

Alexandra B.

Degree: Natural Sciences (Biologial) (Bachelors) - Cambridge University

Subjects offered: Biology, Maths+ 4 more

Biology
Maths
French
Chemistry
-Personal Statements-
-Oxbridge Preparation-

“About Me: I am a Natural Sciences student in my 2nd year at Cambridge, currently focusing more on the Biological side. Having seen the difference good teachers made in my own school career, I'm hoping to now pass this on!  Having had...”

MyTutor guarantee

£22 /hr

James B.

Degree: History (Research) - Bristol University

Subjects offered: Biology, Maths+ 3 more

Biology
Maths
History
Chemistry
-Personal Statements-

“About Me:This year (2015) I am undertaking a research degree (MPhil) in History at the University of Bristol. Last year I graduated with a Bachelor's degree with honours also in history at the Uinversity of Bristol. I am going to sta...”

£20 /hr

Ozbil D.

Degree: Medicine (Bachelors) - Imperial College London University

Subjects offered: Biology, Physics+ 6 more

Biology
Physics
Maths
Chemistry
.UKCAT.
.BMAT (BioMedical Admissions)
-Personal Statements-
-Medical School Preparation-

“WHO I AM - Originally from Cyprus, I've been living in London for almost a year now, studyingMedicine at Imperial College London.I love learning, and from a very young age, had a (sometimes weird) passion for teaching. So much that I ...”

About the author

Chidera O.

Currently unavailable:

Degree: Medicine (Other) - Cambridge University

Subjects offered: Biology, Maths+ 3 more

Biology
Maths
Chemistry
.BMAT (BioMedical Admissions)
-Medical School Preparation-

“Fourth year medical student at Cambridge, with experience in the sciences, mathematics and medical school/ Oxbridge applications.”

You may also like...

Other GCSE Biology questions

What is diffusion and why is it important in both animals and plants?

What is the function of muscle cells found in the stomach wall

What are the main similarities and differences in the structure of plant and animal cells?

What is Evolution?

View GCSE Biology tutors

Cookies:

We use cookies to improve our service. By continuing to use this website, we'll assume that you're OK with this. Dismiss

mtw:mercury1:status:ok