Source: What if we tolerated diseases?
Resistance to disease is not solely dependent on the immune system’s ability to detect and destroy pathogens. In some instances, the immune system’s overactive response to eradicated pathogens causes illness; conversely, some people have asymptomatic infections. Janelle Ayres and David Schneider, at Stanford University, suggest that health and resilience are better achieved through the ability to tolerate an infection than to resist it.
Source: Quanta Magazine
Mathematics for Humanity is a recently launched program aimed at using mathematics to make the world a better place. Minhyong Kim leads the program as the director of the International Center for Mathematical Sciences in Edinburgh. The goals of the program include giving grants to mathematicians and scientists who want to apply math to social challenges and broadening the history of the field.