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Understanding The Immune System

  • Office of Research Reporting and Public Response National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases National Institutes of Health
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes on Coastal and Estuarine Studies book series (COASTAL, volume 25)

Abstract

The immune system is a complex network of specialized organs and cells that has evolved to defend the body against attacks by “foreign” invaders. When functioning properly, it fights off infections by agents such as bacteria and viruses. When it malfunctions, however, it can unleash an enormous variety of diseases, from allergy to arthritis to cancer.

Keywords

Immune System Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Mast Cell Natural Killer Cell Immune Complex 
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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Office of Research Reporting and Public Response National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases National Institutes of Health
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  1. 1.BethesdaUSA

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