The lamprey is a special case among vertebrates, because it does not have a thymus gland. There, the T-cells of the immune system normally learn to recognize pathogens. Thomas Boehm would like to know how the lamprey is nevertheless able to deal with bacteria and viruses. This knowledge might enable the better treatment of immune diseases in the future.
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