The Discovery of Cytokines: A Revolution in Our Understanding of the Human Body

Getting stranded in a violent storm can be extremely dangerous. Often, all you can do is hope the storm will abate before streets flood and buildings collapse. The same is true of a cytokine storm, a squall that rages inside your own body as an overreaction to infection, injury or other stimuli.  Here, we will take a look at these cytokines, the story of how they were discovered and how physicians can control cytokine storms to treat health conditions ranging from arthritis to COVID-19.

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