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Researchers Find Clues to Gut Immunity Evolution, Reveal Similarities Between Fish/Humans
August 6, 2010
A study at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has identified the function of one of the earliest antibodies in the animal kingdom, an ancient immunoglobulin that helps explain the evolution of human intestinal immune responses. It was found to play a predominant role in the guts of fish and paves the way for a better understanding of human gut immunity, as well as for safer, healthier approaches to keeping fish from pathogen infections.
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