Immunity and symbiosis.

  title={Immunity and symbiosis.},
  author={Roy Gross and Fabrice Vavre and Abdelaziz Heddi and Gregory D D Hurst and Einat Zchori-Fein and Kostas Bourtzis},
  journal={Molecular microbiology},
  volume={73 5},
The invertebrate immune system, which has become a major research focus, shares basic features of innate immunity with vertebrates and men. A special feature apparently found only in invertebrates is their close association with vertically heritable symbiotic microorganisms. The validity of the simple view of symbiosis as a mutually beneficial interaction between two uneven partners mainly improving the nutritional state of the two companions has been challenged, however, as symbiotic… CONTINUE READING
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