Researchers create designer antibody

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 07 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:723
  1. Abi Berger
  1. BMJ

    Immunologists have designed an antibody that can specifically suppress just one section of the immune system, rather than having to knock out the whole system. This antibody could revolutionise the lives of people who undergo organ transplantation because the T lymphocytes that cause organ rejection could be selectively “turned off” by it, leaving the rest of the immune system intact to fight off rejection.

    Patients who receive bone marrow and other organs from donors run the risk of organ rejection. To prevent this …

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