Why study the evolution of immunity?

Nat Immunol. 2007 Jun;8(6):547-8. doi: 10.1038/ni0607-547.

Abstract

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.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biological Evolution*
  • Humans
  • Immune System / immunology*
  • Immune System / metabolism*
  • Immunity, Innate / immunology