September 28, 2011

Why Women Have Stronger Immune Systems than Men

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As anyone familiar with the phrase 'man-flu' will know women consider themselves to be the more robust side of the species when it comes to health and illness. Now new research, published in BioEssays, seems to support the idea. The research focuses on the role of MicroRNAs encoded on the X chromosome to explain why women have stronger immune systems to men and are less likely to develop cancer.

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TAGGED: Cancer, Chromosomes, Gender Differences, Immune System