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United we stand, divided we fall: using monoclonal antibody combinations to improve drug effectiveness

What is this research about?

The immune system fights infection by identifying and destroying foreign material such as viruses and bacteria. Antibodies recognize these “invaders” through interactions with molecules called antigens on the surface of the virus or bacteria. Human cells also have antigens; for example, antigens on red blood cells determine blood types (ABO and Rh factor). If someone with type A blood receives a transfusion of type B blood, their antibodies will attack the unfamiliar “B” antigens on the red blood cells, causing a dangerous transfusion reaction.

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