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A new vision of immunity: homeostasis of the superorganism.

Abstract : The immune system is commonly perceived as an army of organs, tissues, cells, and molecules that protect from disease by eliminating pathogens. However, as in human society, a clear definition of good and evil might be sometimes difficult to achieve. Not only do we live in contact with a multitude of microbes, but we also live with billions of symbionts that span all the shades from mutualists to potential killers. Together, we compose a superorganism that is capable of optimal living. In that context, the immune system is not a killer, but rather a force that shapes homeostasis within the superorganism.Mucosal Immunology advance online publication 5 May 2010. doi:10.1038/mi.2010.20.
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G. Eberl. A new vision of immunity: homeostasis of the superorganism.. Mucosal Immunology, Nature Pub. Group, 2010, epub ahead of print. ⟨10.1038/mi.2010.20⟩. ⟨pasteur-00509637⟩

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