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Scientists Discover Unique, New T Cell Receptor in Marsupial Research
June 6, 2007
Opossums are soft and furry, cute and cuddly looking and they could open up a new way in which critical cell types in the immune system, called T cells, may be seeing pathogens based on new genome sequencing research involving scientists in the University of New Mexico's biology department. The research, which is funded largely by the National Science Foundation, is set for the June issue of the magazine PNAS, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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