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Whats a monoclonal antibody?

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Dr. Joseph Woods answered

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Antibody to one site: Monoclonal antibodies (mab or moab) are monospecific antibodies that are the same because they are made by identical immune cells that are all clones of a special parent cell. Monoclonal antibodies have monovalent affinity. That is, they bind to the same epitope/site. These can be used in treating cancer, autoimmune diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis, and in diagnostic tests, like western blot.

Answered 12/28/2012

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