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Document Summary
Title Allergy
Description Immune basis of allergic responses
Creation Date 01 September 2000
Doc type Article
Document Abstract:
The normal function of the immune system is to defend the body against 'foreign' cells such as viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites and to destroy abnormal cells, such as cells infected by viruses, chemically altered cells and cancer cells. These are detected by the immune system as 'foreign' or 'non-self' substances. There are two aspects to this defence by the immune system - non-specific and specific.
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