Friday, May 2, 2008

Scientists can make human antibodies faster than ever before...

"A new method of producing antibodies to fight infections has been developed. Researchers have stated that they have found a way to create monoclonal antibodies which could fight the avian flu, as well as other diseases, at record speed.
The research was published in the journal Nature and states that scientists, for the first time, were able to produce proteins which could attack and kill a disease quickly and efficiently.
This new method of manufacturing antibodies could one day lead to many lives being saved as it could quickly battle an epidemic.
Up until now, kit usually took around three months to actually try and create a human antibody that would be effective at all.
With this new method, it could be created within a month, allowing for many more people to survive.
The new method was carried out at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. It uses antibodies produced by white cells of B cells in the body. The method takes genes out of the cells and builds the antibodies off of those.
Researchers expect the technique to become very common in a few years if all goes according to plan."

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