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According to Popular Science (This article and its images were originally posted on Popular Science February 6, 2019 at 03:43PM.)
There’s was probably one kid in your class who always got strep throat. It seemed like they were out every few months like clockwork, often for days at a time. Maybe you were that kid. Immunologists have known about this phenomenon for a long time—some children are just prone to getting strep repeatedly. But until recently, they had no idea why.
That’s finally starting to change.
A team of immunologists, pediatric physicians, and infectious disease researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology and University of California, San Diego decided to look more carefully at the immune responses different kids had to strep infections. What they found suggests that there are some genetic factors that determine whether a child is likely to get it recurrently. They published their results in Science Translational Medicine on Wednesday.
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