(although it's hard not to judge the acuity of the analysis on the basis of a scarcely credible abuse of incredulously 15'17" into the third, as if bacteria were going around scratching their tiny heads – but one shouldn't be snobbish about... hell yes I will:
this is BBC Radio 4 for pity's sake, and we
can expect at least a MODICUM of literacy
Tricky word that one. I've seen it used in the context of an infant ...
And I have to admit that when I use the word "infant" I have a perhaps over-zealous regard for its root. Sorry, but I regard 'infant who has not yet learned to talk' as pleonastic; infants haven't.
)...recognizing and responding to the golden arches indicating a certain McFood outlet. But here I'm using it in the specific sense of ability to use words to convey meaning. And don't try any clever-clever stuff about "the meaning of meaning"; you know what I'm talking about.
</rant>But the later programmes were less of a hook-line-and-sinker regurgitation of a press release from the company that has the very same name as the BBC series (which took the name verbatim from the market leader in this area: The Second Genome...
<small_mercies>...) At the time of the series I made a note in a draft that I was inspired to dust off by last Tuesday's Life Scientific, which dealt with the immune system. To quote the programme's précis:
At least they didn't add the TM. Here's the iPlayer link
Traditional descriptions of the human immune system bristle with military analogies. There are "lines of defence" against "enemy invaders"; "border guards" at "strategic points. And when barriers are breached, there's "a call to arms". That's before you mention Natural Killer Cells.But the whole thing is well worth a listen. Give it a go.
But Professor of Immunology and Public Engagement at the University of Manchester, Sheena Cruickshank, tells Jim that as well as the war-like descriptions, our immune system is now being understood in terms of its capacity for diplomacy too. Jaw-jaw as well as War-war.
Our immune system has to know when to tolerate the trillions of microbes that live on us and in us, to hold fire but also to know when full-scale immune activation is required.
I, meanwhile, must go and learn my words for this – less than 3 weeks away as I type:
(One or two notes could do with some attention as well.)
Sadly it'll be our Musical Director's UK swansong with the choir; I say 'UK' specifically because he and the choir will be performing in France in August.
PS: A couple of clues:
- Blackbird embracing upstart noose in a big way (10)
- Mistaken queen preceding onerous with queen coming first. (9)