Is cell-mediated immunity related to the evolution of life-history strategies in birds?

@article{Tella2002IsCI,
  title={Is cell-mediated immunity related to the evolution of life-history strategies in birds?},
  author={Jos{\'e} Luis Tella and Alex Scheuerlein and Robert E. Ricklefs},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2002},
  volume={269 1495},
  pages={1059-66}
}
According to life-history theory, the development of immune function should be balanced through evolutionary optimization of the allocation of resources to reproduction and through mechanisms that promote survival. We investigated interspecific variability in cell-mediated immune response (CMI), as measured by the phytohaemagglutinin (PHA) assay, in relation to clutch size, longevity and other life-history traits in 50 species of birds. CMI exhibited significant repeatability within species… CONTINUE READING

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