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  • Posted: 01/28/2005
  • Reviewed: 09/01/2006

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"Privileged" Immunity

A child in the womb carries foreign antigens from the father as well as immunologically compatible self-antigens from the mother.

One might expect this condition to trigger a graft rejection, but it does not because the uterus is an "immunologically privileged" site where immune responses are somehow subdued.

Privileged Immunity