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Versatile Development Gene Aids Insect Immune Response

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Science  19 Aug 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5738, pp. 1166-1167
DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5738.1166a

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Summary

Insects don't produce millions of distinct antibodies that can bind to and thwart pathogens with great specificity like people do. But new results published online this week in Science (www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/1116887) show that Drosophila melanogaster can muster its own army of proteins against microbial invaders.