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Co-Evolution

While insect immune systems can protect their owners against illness, some diseases—such as Lyme disease or malaria—are not attacked by the innate immune system. “This may have something to do with co-evolution,” Yu hypothesizes. “These viruses and parasites may take advantage and use the insect proteins to mask themselves.”

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Xiao-Qiang Yu
Associate Professor, Biology
UM Kansas City

By Christina Andrade