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Doubts Raised Over Whether Mice Can Truly Inherit Immunity
An independent lab fails to replicate results suggesting mammals exposed to pathogens could pass on immunological protections through epigenetic mechanisms.
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Doubts Raised Over Whether Mice Can Truly Inherit Immunity
Doubts Raised Over Whether Mice Can Truly Inherit Immunity

An independent lab fails to replicate results suggesting mammals exposed to pathogens could pass on immunological protections through epigenetic mechanisms.

An independent lab fails to replicate results suggesting mammals exposed to pathogens could pass on immunological protections through epigenetic mechanisms.

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