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Monogamy and the Immune System
August 30, 2012
Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, examined the differences between two species of mice--one monogamous and one promiscuous--on a microscopic and molecular level. They discovered that the lifestyles of the two mice had a direct impact on the bacterial communities that reside within the female reproductive tract. These differences correlate with enhanced diversifying selection on genes related to immunity against bacterial diseases.
University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center
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