Evolutionary Concepts in Immunology

  • Robert Jack
  • Louis Du Pasquier

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Robert Jack, Louis Du Pasquier
    Pages 1-16
  3. Robert Jack, Louis Du Pasquier
    Pages 17-32
  4. Robert Jack, Louis Du Pasquier
    Pages 33-69
  5. Robert Jack, Louis Du Pasquier
    Pages 119-130
  6. Robert Jack, Louis Du Pasquier
    Pages 131-132
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 133-145

About this book


Immunology is a nodal subject that links many areas of biology. It permeates the biosciences, and also plays crucial roles in diagnosis and therapy in areas of clinical medicine ranging from the control of infectious and autoimmune diseases to tumour therapy. Monoclonal antibodies and small molecule modulators of immunity are major factors in the pharmaceutical industry and now constitute a multi billion dollar business. Students in these diverse areas are frequently daunted by the complexity of immunology and the astonishing array of unusual mechanisms that go to make it up.

Starting from Dobzhansky’s famous slogan, “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution”, this book will serve to illuminate how evolutionary forces shaped immunity and thus provide an explanation for how many of its counter intuitive oddities arose. By doing so it will provide a conceptual framework on which students may organise the rapidly growing flood of immunological knowledge.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Robert Jack
    • 1
  • Louis Du Pasquier
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ImmunologyUniversity of GreifswaldGreifswaldGermany
  2. 2.Department of Environmental Sciences, ZoologyUniversity of BaselBasel StadtSwitzerland

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