Human Genetics and the Immune System

Ronnee Yashon and Michael R. Cummings

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Illness is a part of life. For many years, we have known about disease. But, we were not always so smart. The Black Plague ravaged Europe between 1347 and 1352 and killed 30–80 million people. No one knew how people caught the condition and lots of ideas failed. People just died. But, not everyone died; possibly, their immune systems helped them fight off these invaders.

Today, we know about bacteria, viruses, cancers, and other invaders, and we usually let them run their course–because our bodies have the ability to detect and fight them. That is immunity.

In this book, we will examine how immunity works and what can happen when it doesn’t work. The authors discuss allergies, HIV, autoimmune conditions, and much more.

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Ronnee Yashon

Ronnee Yashon is a nationally known expert in teaching genetics, ethics, and the law on all levels. She has a law degree and a background in teaching in the high school, undergraduate, and college levels. In addition, Ronnee has developed and presented numerous workshops for science teachers and disseminated interdisciplinary lessons at local and national conventions, including NSTA and NABT. Ronnee has presented this case study method all over the country and she has six case study books for teacher’s use.

Michael R. Cummings

Michael R. Cummings is the author or coauthor of several leading college textbooks, including Human Heredity Principles and Issues, Concepts of Genetics and Essentials of Genetics. He also authored an introductory biology text for nonmajors titled Biology: Science and Life. Mike was on the faculty of Illinois at Chicago for over 25 years, and won many awards for his teaching. He was twice named by graduating seniors as the best teacher in their years at the university.