Brood size moderates associations between relative size, telomere length, and immune development in European starling nestlings

Abstract

For young birds in a nest, body size may have implications for other aspects of development such as telomere length and immune function. However, it is possible to predict associations in either direction. On the one hand, there may be trade-offs between growth and telomere maintenance, and growth and investment in immune function, suggesting there will be… (More)

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