The Enemy Within

Geoff Watts presents a three-part series on what can happen when the body's own defence mechanism - the immune system - goes wrong.


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Presented by Marek Kohn. Cannabis and the opium poppy have been grown in Britain for centuries. In Victorian times opium was as easily available as aspirin is today. So how have drugs come to be seen as a foreign and sinister enemy? Producer Martin Buckley

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930819]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930819]

Presented By: Marek Kohn.

Producer: Martin Buckley


A look at how a new understanding of how the immune system works is offering hope to those with autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and diabetes.

These are diseases caused by an overactive immune system which begins to attack parts of the same body it was designed to protect.


Why does the body's immune system allow cancer to develop, and how can it be made to attack instead?

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He looks at ingenious ways of getting round the body's natural inclination to reject surgical transplants.