Social Groups and Social Group Immunology: A Literature Review
Social groups are a common phenomenon among animal species including humans. While there are many evolutionary advantages to this, there is also the increased risk of infection due to being in close proximity to other individuals. Thus, this paper looked at the possibility that social grouping might be evolutionarily unfavorable from an immunological stand point on the basis that individuals would be closely related, have similar immune systems, and therefore risk widespread infection in a community with the introduction by a single pathogen.
Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Alfred University Honors Program.
Honors thesis, Social groups, Immunology, Human behavior