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Jawless Fish Have Form of Adaptive Immunity

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Science  23 Dec 2005:
Vol. 310, Issue 5756, pp. 1892-1893
DOI: 10.1126/science.310.5756.1892b


It appears that evolutionarily distinct immune systems have exploited a similar genetic trick to battle microbes. New research on page 1970 reveals that the immune defenses of jawless fish such as lampreys generate as much diversity as the system used by organisms from sharks onward in evolution. (read more.)

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