Exquisite Specificity

Exquisite Specificity : Monoclonal Antibody Revolution

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This book provides a detailed analysis of a major biomedical discovery (1984 Nobel Prize) that also resulted in a major biotechnological breakthrough - the production of unlimited quantities of monoclonal antibodies. It carefully blends a detailed historical reconstruction of the events surrounding the discovery of monoclonal antibodies with a sociological analysis. Based on an extensive reading of the literature in the field, interviews with leading participants, and on-site observation, the book follows events through a twenty-year period during which a laboratory technique was transformed into one of the most successful tools of modern biotechnology.show more

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  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 18mm | 570g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftones, line figures
  • 0195097416
  • 9780195097412

Table of contents

1. Knowing How or Knowing That? Hybridoma Technology's Beginnings; 2. The Art and Science of (Re)Producing Monoclonal Antibodies; 3. "From Immunofantasy to Monoclonal Reality": Building a New Tool; 4. Monoclonals, Herpes, Hepatitis, and Other (not so Dangerous) Things; 5. Between Nature and Culture: Constructing Novelty, Patenting Inventionsshow more