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What are the differences between monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies?

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Dr. Corey Clay answered

Specializes in Allergy and Immunology

Antibody clonality: Each antibody molecule recognizes a specific target. A collection of identical antibodies that all recognize the exact same target is monoclonal. A collection of antibodies that each recognize different targets is polyclonal. For example, if you have a polyclonal antibody against bacteria, all the antibodies attach to the bacteria but at different locations on it.

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