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Understanding the immunological impact of the human mutation explosion

Andrews, Thomas Daniel; Sjollema, Geoffrey; Goodnow, Christopher


The recent development of human exome sequencing technology has revealed that our immune system is riddled with more genetic defects than anyone imagined. As a legacy of the recent human population explosion, we each inherit hundreds of rare mutations that alter the sequence of proteins. This mutation load is ten times higher than that induced by experimental treatment of mice by ethylnitrosourea; a high fraction of which has substantial effects on immune function. This mutation burden is...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Trends in Immunology
DOI: 10.1016/


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