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Why study the evolution of immunity?

Investigations of immune recognition in nonmammalian species provide new insights into the evolution of immunity and the inner workings of the mammalian immune system. Very diverse mechanisms are used by different multicellular organisms to recognize and cope with the rapidly evolving microbial world.

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Figure 1: Present ideas of immune diversity in alternative model systems.

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Litman, G., Cooper, M. Why study the evolution of immunity?. Nat Immunol 8, 547–548 (2007).

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