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Basic Biology

As the immune system is complex, so is testing. The best testing for antigens is to isolate a protein large enough to be antigenic and specific enough so that it is only found in that one situation.  You can choose a test for the presence of active inflammation
This article will repeat some of the earlier material, but you can still go back and reread them from past CLL Society Tribune editions, Introduction of Immunity Part 1 and Part 2.  Let us put together all the factoids from the first two articles and see if we can
In this article we will review the specific defense system or the immune response. For those of you who like history, this system was first clarified in the 1960s, so our knowledge of it and its functions has grown by leaps and bounds.
This is a general introduction to one of the ways that your immune system tries to protect you. I have combined and simplified a fair number of steps in order to give the reader a general sense of the function.