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Brian Haugen

Margaret McFall-Ngai, a zoologist studying the vibrio/squid relationship at the University of Wisconsin wrote an interesting essay on this topic recently:

Adaptive immunity: Care for the community. Nature, 445(7124):153
PDF copy:
http://www.medmicro.wisc.edu/labs/mcfall_ruby_papers/pdf/2007/McFall-Ngai_2007_Nature.pdf

Basically, she posits that invertabrates may have a less-complex associated microbiota. So perhaps adaptive immunity is a co-evolved feature with tight interactions with symbiotic bacteria.

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