Immunological Development of Pouch Young Marsupials

  • E. M. Deane
  • D. W. Cooper


Marsupials are born in a very immature state. Many of the developmental processes that occur in utero in eutherian mammals take place during pouch life in marsupials. The timetable of the development of their physiological systems is strongly affected by the need to meet the challenges of the external world at a very early stage. Marsupial pouch young therefore offer convenient experimental systems for addressing biomedical questions, which are much harder to tackle using their less accessible eutherian equivalents.


Eutherian Mammal Immune Competence Maternal Role Eutherian Species Didelphis Virginiana 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. M. Deane
    • 1
  • D. W. Cooper
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Science and TechnologyNepean College of Advanced EducationKingswoodAustralia
  2. 2.School of Biological SciencesMacquarie UniversityNorth RydeAustralia

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