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Featured Article: Immune system

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The immune system is the system of specialized cells and organs that protects an organism from outside biological influences (though in a broad sense, almost every organ has a protective function—for example, the tight seal of the skin or the acidic environment of the stomach).

When the immune system is functioning properly, it protects the body against bacteria and viral infections and destroys cancer cells and foreign substances. If the immune system weakens, its ability to defend the body also weakens, allowing pathogens (infectious agents), including viruses that cause common colds and flu, to survive and flourish in the body. Because the immune system also performs surveillance of tumor cells, immune suppression has been reported to increase the risk of certain types of cancer.

Popular Article: Netherlands

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Nederland is the European section of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which is formed by the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. It is a constitutional monarchy located in northwestern Europe, bordered by the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east. The current borders were established in 1839.

Amsterdam is the capital city (hoofdstad), and The Hague (Dutch: Den Haag or 's-Gravenhage) is the Netherlands' seat of government (regeringszetel), the home of the monarch (residentie), and the location of most foreign embassies.

The Netherlands is often referred to by the name Holland. This is not terminologically precise, since the provinces of North and South Holland in the western Netherlands are only two of the country's twelve provinces. Nevertheless, Netherlands and Holland are names which have become popularly interchangeable when refering to this nation.

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