Philosophy of Immunology

[New Entry by Alfred I. Tauber on December 22, 2016.] Immunology comprises a multifaceted research agenda that has developed around the clinical challenges of host defense, transplantation,
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[New Entry by Alfred I. Tauber on December 22, 2016.] Immunology comprises a multifaceted research agenda that has developed around the clinical challenges of host defense, transplantation, autoimmunity, tumor immunology, and allergy. The physiological processes mediating these clinical problems designate the immune system, which, in turn, is understood in terms of establishing and maintaining organismal identity. While immunology as a science has been defined as the "science of self/nonself discrimination" (Golub and Green 1991), from a philosophical point of view, immunology...

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