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circumvention of immunity to parasites

Occasionally these evolving systems dominated by size 79 were successfully invaded by parasites of size 51. When the immune genotype 0079aab was tested with 0051aao (a direct, one step, descendant of 0045aaa in which instruction 39 is replaced by an insertion of seven instructions of unknown origin), they were found to enter a stable cycle. Evidently 0051aao has evolved some way to circumvent the immunity to parasites possessed by 0079aab. The fourteen genotypes 0051aaa through 0051aan were also tested with 0079aab, and none were able to invade.

Thomas S.Ray
Thu Aug 3 15:47:29 JST 1995