Month: July 2017

New Twin Study Suggests CMV Plays a Key Role in Shaping the Immune System

A recent Stanford University twins study concluded that environmental forces are more influential than genes when it comes to determining the make-up of an individual’s immune system. The study, led by Stanford immunologist Mark Davis, compared 210 identical and fraternal twins between 8 and 82 years old. After analyzing blood samples that tracked 200+ immune system parameters including cell population frequencies, cytokine responses, and serum proteins, researchers found that in three-quarters of the measurements, differences between pairs of twins were strongly linked to non-heritable… Read more »