adaptive immune system | definition

Electron microscope image of lymphocyte. By Unknown photographer/artist (False color modifications made by myself–DO11.10) – Dr. Triche National Cancer Institute, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1243806
  • a highly specific and long-term defense mechanism against pathogens
  • involves in the production of antibodies that bind to pathogen, and activation of white blood cells to kill infected cells directly

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Alberts, B., Johnson, A., Lewis, J., Morgan, D., Raf, M., Roberts, K., & Walter, P. (2015). Molecular Biology of the Cell. New York: Garland Science. http://www.garlandscience.com/


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