Reproductive System

• The blood-testes barrier prevents sperm cell antigens from provoking an autoimmune response (p. 647)

• Vaginal acidity inhibits the spread of pathogens (p. 655)

• The placenta is an immunologically privileged site that is normally protected from immune attack (p. 670)

• A mother's breast milk provides antibodies that passively immunize her baby .(p. 678)

The Immune System

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