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Where you live shapes your immune system more than your genes

(Cell Press) Although we all inherit a unique set of genes that help us respond to infections, recent studies have found that our history and environment -- like where and with whom we live -- are responsible for 60 to 80 percent of the differences between individual immune systems, while genetics account for the rest. In Trends in Immunology, three immunologists discuss the emerging science of what shapes our immune systems and how it might be applied.
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