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How do the innate and adaptive immune system interrelate?

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Dr. Lee Perry
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Very complicated: Generally speaking, the innate immune system is the part of the immune system that you are born with, while the adaptive immune system is developed over time and with exposure to infection. While they are separate entities, they certainly work together in a complimentary fashion to fight various infections. Good question!

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