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The immune system 

The immune system
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The immune system
Author(s):

Simon M. Fox

, Angela M. Minassian

, Thomas Rawlinson

, and Brian J. Angus

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198789987.003.0002
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date: 15 October 2019

This introduction to the immune system provides a brief overview of the fundamental processes that constitute innate and adaptive immune mechanisms. In reality, our understanding of this intricate apparatus is still evolving at the molecular, cellular, and systems levels. Such a complex system might be expected to incorporate some redundancy and the spectrum of immunodeficient states in which the host is unable to effectively combat pathogens and cancer, underlies the fine tuning.

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