Who said that science and literacy don't mix? In this captivating video, immunologist Professor Adrian Liston tells the story of Maya, the cells that make up her immune system, and how vaccinations prepare these cells for battle.
The book is set in a doctor’s office just before Maya receives a vaccination. Maya learns that vaccines are made up of bits of microbes that your body practices fighting, just like Maya practiced for her race at school. The doctor explains to Maya that dendritic cells present B and T cells with the clues that allow them to defeat the real microbes, even if that is years later.
‘Maya’s Marvellous Medicine’ is the third children’s book by Prof. Liston and illustrated by artist Dr Sonia Agüera-Gonzalez. The story can can be used by adults to discuss key scientific concepts with children, and is available for free on Issuu.
Watch the video here. This video has been produced as part of the 2022 Cambridge Festival.
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