New paper: A link between early inflammation, immune function and ageing published in Proceedings B

All organisms age. One prominent hypothesis suggests that infections experienced early in life accelerate ageing. In collaboration with Jens Rolff, I tested this idea in mealworm beetles (Tenebrio molitor). We found that young beetles injected with bacterial cell components mounted an immune response that damaged their vital organs – Malpighian tubules, equivalent to kidneys – and …

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