Animal defenses against infectious agents: is damage control more important than pathogen control

PLoS Biol. 2008 Dec 23;6(12):e4. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1000004.


The ability of hosts to withstand a given number of pathogens is a critical component of health. Now playing catch-up with plant biologists, animal biologists are starting to formally separate this form of defense from classical resistance.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Communicable Diseases / genetics
  • Communicable Diseases / immunology*
  • Communicable Diseases / microbiology*
  • Communicable Diseases / pathology
  • Immune Tolerance
  • Immunity*