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Temperature-controlled cabinets for the storage of commercially-produced monoclonal antibodies. Monoclonal antibodies promise great potential in the diagnosis & treatment of disease. They are made through the fusion of a normal antibody- producing cell (a lymphocyte) with a rapidly- multiplying tumour cell. The resulting "hybridoma" cell is cloned in a fermenter to produce large numbers of genetically identical copies, each secreting the antibody produced by the original lymphocyte. In this way large quantities of given antibodies can be produced for use as vaccines & in tests for specific antigens.
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