Metchnikoff and the phagocytosis theory

  title={Metchnikoff and the phagocytosis theory},
  author={Alfred I. Tauber},
  journal={Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology},
  • A. Tauber
  • Published 1 November 2003
  • Biology
  • Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology
Metchnikoff's phagocytosis theory was less an explanation of host defence than a proposal that might account for establishing and maintaining organismal 'harmony'. By tracing the phagocyte's various functions through phylogeny, he recognized that eating the tadpole's tail and killing bacteria was the same fundamental process: preserving the integrity, and, in some cases, defining the identity of the organism. 

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