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Sheena C. Cotter, Joanne E. Littlefair, Peter J. Grantham and Rebecca M. Kilner A direct physiological trade-off between personal and social immunity Journal of Animal Ecology 82

Version of Record online: 30 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12047

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Personal immunity protects the survival component of fitness whilst social immunity protects inclusive fitness by providing immunity to kin. By stimulating the personal immune response and recording the down-regulation in the social immune response, the authors provide the first evidence for a direct physiological trade-off between these two fitness-related traits.

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