The Immune System

An immune system of enormous complexity is present in all vertebrate animals. When we place a population of lymphocytes from such an animal in appropriate tissue culture fluid, and when we add an antigen, the lymphocytes will produce specific antibody molecules, in the absense of any nerve cells. I find it astonishing that the immune system embodies a degree of complexity which suggests some more or less superficial though striking analogies with human language, and that this cognitive system has evolved and functions without assistance of the brain.


Enormously complex and acts independently of the brain.

Folksonomies: immune system physiology

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 'The Generative Grammar of the Immune System', Nobel Lecture
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Jerne, Niels K. ( 8 Dec 1984), 'The Generative Grammar of the Immune System', Nobel Lecture, Nobel Lectures: Physiology or Medicine 1981-1990, (1993), 223., Retrieved on 2012-06-06
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