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“Self-recognition” in Colonial Marine Forms and Flowering Plants in relation to the Evolution of Immunity


Compatibility in colonial tunicates and coelenterates and self-incompatibility in flowering plants are primitive examples of “self” and “not-self” recognition which are not analogous to the immunological processes of vertebrates and which shed light on the way in which adaptive immunity may have evolved.

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BURNET, F. “Self-recognition” in Colonial Marine Forms and Flowering Plants in relation to the Evolution of Immunity. Nature 232, 230–235 (1971).

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