Protection of marsupial young : immune mechanisms which protect the developing tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii)
The newborn marsupial is born at a highly altricial stage of development when compared to eutherian newborn mammals. Interestingly, the marsupial young are born into a non-sterile environment and lack a developed immune system which prevents them from mounting an adaptive immune response. Two reviews are presented in this thesis. The first review examined the complementary mechanisms which protect the developing marsupial young. Immune protection through forms of innate immunity and maternal...[Show more]
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