According to ScienceDaily, scientists from the Immune Imaging and T cell laboratories at the Centenary Institute are researching a new type of immune cells found in the skin that may be able to help combat parasitic invaders such as ticks, mites, and worms, and could possibly be linked to eczema and allergic skin diseases.

The new cell type comes from a family known as group 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2), which according to Dr. Ben Roediger, can likely “suppress or stimulate inflammation under different conditions.”

While a lot of information is still unknown about the “debilitating skin conditions of allergies and eczema," these ILC2 cells may be the first step in unlocking the mystery.

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Photo courtesy of Centenary Institute.