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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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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 ( show that Drosophila melanogaster can muster its own army of proteins against microbial invaders.