Immunity Tradeoffs

June 17, 2006

As I read this article over at ABC news all I could think of was, "But will any large number of people be willing to trade higher infant mortality for a lower incidence of asthma?"  Cleaner living may not challenge our immune systems like living in an open sewer but this may just be a price we have to pay.  I can imagine that if Dr. Parker can isolate one or a number of non-pathogenic challenges that this might be  good thing but this will, I imagine, take a while.

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