A whodunit: an appointment with death.

Laboratory of Dendritic Cell Biology, Immunology Department, INSERM U818 & Institut Pasteur, Paris 75724, France.
Current opinion in immunology (Impact Factor: 7.87). 02/2010; 22(1):94-108. DOI: 10.1016/j.coi.2010.01.023
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ABSTRACT This is the tale of murder, suicide, evolution, and resurrection, taking place in four parts, and all in the name of antigen cross-priming. We invite you to explore the dark mysteries lurking within each of us as you are guided through circuitous cellular pathways in a merciless fight for survival... with viral immunity being the grand finale?!

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