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Immunology

Immunology

What is immunology?

Immunology is the study of the immune system and is a very important branch of the medical and biological sciences. The immune system protects us from infection through various lines of defence. If the immune system is not functioning as it should, it can result in disease, such as autoimmunity, allergy and cancer. It is also now becoming clear that immune responses contribute to the development of many common disorders not traditionally viewed as immunologic, including metabolic, cardiovascular, and neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s. Immunology and serology laboratories focus on the following:

Identifying antibodies. These are proteins made by a type of white blood cell in response to a foreign substance (antigen) in the body. Investigating problems with the immune system. These include when the body's immune system attacks its own tissues (autoimmune diseases) and when a body's immune system is underactive (immunodeficiency disorders). Determining organ, tissue, and fluid compatibility for transplantation