Why are viruses more virulent in men than women?

Some viruses may benefit from being less aggressive in women than in men.
08 February 2017
Presented by Tom O'Hanlon
Production by Tom O'Hanlon.




Some viral infections are more lethal in men than in women. This is usually linked to differences between male and female immune systems. However, mathematical modelling of the different ways some viruses can spread in men and women suggests it may, in fact, benefit the virus to tailor its aggression based on who it is infecting, as Vincent Jansen from Royal Holloway University explains to Tom O'Hanlon...


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