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An international team led by investigators at the University of California, San Diego, show that the elimination of one or both of the two sialic acid-recognizing Ig-like lectins — or Siglecs, signaling receptors that modulate immune responses — "represents signatures of infectious and/or other inflammatory selective processes contributing to population restrictions during hominin origins," it writes in a paper published online in advance in PNAS this week.

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