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In Defense of Self: How the Immune System Really Works

William R. Clark

Abstract

The immune system is the only thing standing between us and a world of microbial predators that could send us to an early and ugly death. It would be our only defense during the first hours of a bioterrorist attack using some of these very microbes. Evolved over millions of years of to keep us alive long enough to reproduce, the immune system has developed an impressive armamentarium of powerful chemical and cellular weapons that make short work of hostile viruses and bacteria. It has also evolved amazing genetic strategies to keep pace with invading microbes that can reproduce — and thus alte ... More

Keywords: innate immunity, AIDS, allergy, autoimmunity, bioterrorism, cancer, immunopathology, infectious disease, transplantation, vaccines

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195336634
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336634.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William R. Clark, author
Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California, Los Angeles