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Understanding the Immune System

Adapted by Mary Shomon

This special section on "Understanding the Immune System" offers a comprehensive guide to understanding the immune system, its anatomy, disorders, and other key information. This information has been made available from the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Immune and autoimmune conditions are discussed, including common thyroid conditions like Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.

Many terms that need further definition and clarification are highlighted throughout this special section as hyperlinks. Many of the underlined hyperlinked words and phrases link to the Glossary that is included in this special section.


Self and Nonself
Genes and the Markers of Self

The Anatomy of the Immune System

The Cells and Secretions of the Immune System

  • B Cells and Antibodies
  • T Cells and Lymphokines
  • Natural Killer Cells
    Phagocytes, Granulocytes, and Their Relatives

    Mounting an Immune Response
    A Billion Antibodies
    A Web of Idiotypes
    Receptors for Recognizing Antigen

    Immunity, Natural and Acquired
    Vaccines Through Biotechnology

    Disorders of the Immune System
    Autoimmune Diseases
    Immune Complex Diseases
    Immunodeficiency Diseases
    Cancers of the Immune System

    Bone Marrow Transplants

    Immunology and Transplants

    Privileged Immunity

    Immunity and Cancer

    The Immune System and the Nervous System

    Frontiers in Immunology
    Hybridoma Technology
    The SCID Mouse
    Genetic Engineering
    The Stem Cell
    Immunoregulation Research

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