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As the smallest living unit, a cell can survive alone, but not in a cluster. When the oldest known human being died at the age of 122, some cells in her body had reached the same age, others were replaced after just 60 hours. And yet they all behaved according to plan.

The Jung Foundation for Science and Research has awarded the young gastroenterologist Dr. S. Zundler from the Chair of Internal Medicine I the Ernst Jung Career Advancement Award for Medical Research 2019. He was been awarded the prize for his research project on the significance of intestinal tissue-resident memory T cells.

Infected tissue has a low concentration of oxygen. The body’s standard immune mechanisms, which rely on oxygen, can then only function to a limited extent. How does the immune system nevertheless manage to control bacteria under such conditions?