Monica Licht

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BACKGROUND As pathogens that circumvent the host immune response are favoured by selection, so are host alleles that reduce parasite load. Such evolutionary processes leave their signature on the genes involved. Deciphering modes of selection operating on immune genes might reveal the nature of host-pathogen interactions and factors that govern(More)
Receptors for the third component of complement (C3) on cultured human monocytes (MO) bind ligand-coated particles but do not initiate phagocytosis. The function of these receptors, however, is altered dramatically after MO attach to surfaces coated with fibronectin (FN) or after MO are exposed to phorbol esters. FN and phorbol esters "activate" C3(More)
Genetic relatedness (kinship) among Anopheles gambiae Giles female mosquitoes was assessed using microsatellite loci in five locations across Africa and in nine samples taken between 1994 and 1999 in western Kenya. We assessed variation among samples in kinship as well as the effect of distance on kinship. Relatedness within populations was low, and(More)
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