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  • Cell-autonomous immunity shaped human evolution

    Portrait of Jessica Brinkworth, standing facing the camera and smiling. She is outdoors on the U. of I. campus.

    Anthropology professor Jessica Brinkworth studies the evolution of human immune function and how that affects susceptibility to severe infection.

    Photo by Fred Zwicky

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  • Editor’s notes

    To reach Jessica Brinkworth, email jfbrinkw@illinois.edu.   

    The paper “Cell-autonomous immunity and the pathogen-mediated evolution of humans: Or how our prokaryotic and single-celled origins affect the human evolutionary story” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.

    DOI: 10.1086/710389