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Wisdom through immunogenetics

Nature Genetics volume 30, pages 130131 (2002) | Download Citation

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Genes of the Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) are extraordinarily diverse. MHC variants influence many important biological traits, including immune recognition, susceptibility to infectious and autoimmune diseases, individual odors, mating preferences, kin recognition, cooperation and pregnancy outcome. The MHC story now becomes even more complex with the demonstration that human females prefer odors from males carrying allelic matches to their own paternally inherited MHC genes.

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