Reproduction affects immune defenses in the guinea pig even under ad libitum food

Fritz Trillmich, Anja Guenther, Manuela Jäckel & Gábor Czirják
Reproduction is one of the most costly processes in the life of an animal. Life history theory assumes that when resources are limiting allocation to reproduction will reduce allocation to other essential processes thereby inducing costs of reproduction. The immune system is vital for survival. If reproduction reduces investment in immune function, this could increase the risk of disease, morbidity and mortality. We here test in the guinea pig, if even under ad libitum food...
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