Six costs of immunity to gastrointestinal nematode infections.

@article{Colditz2007SixCO,
  title={Six costs of immunity to gastrointestinal nematode infections.},
  author={Ian G Colditz},
  journal={Parasite immunology},
  year={2007},
  volume={30 2},
  pages={
          63-70
        }
}
The strength of the immune response and the outcome of the interaction of a host with a parasite are influenced by genetic and phenotypic characteristics of both parties, and by environmental variables. Allocation of host resources to immune defence reduces resources available for other life-history traits. This review identifies six potential costs to the host from immune activation. The costs are likely to be broadly applicable to other immune responses in vertebrate species. Five phenotypic… CONTINUE READING
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