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On the Genesis of the Idiotypic Network Theory.
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PMID:  23207664     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The idiotypic network theory (INT) was conceived by the Danish immunologist Niels Kaj Jerne in 1973/1974. It proposes an overall view of the immune system as a network of lymphocytes and antibodies. The paper tries to offer a reconstruction of the genesis of the theory, now generally discarded and of mostly historical interest, first of all, by taking into account the context in which Jerne's theoretical proposal was advanced. It is argued the theory challenged, in a sense, the supremacy of the clonal selection theory (CST), this being regarded as the predominant paradigm in the immunological scenario. As CST found shortcomings in explaining certain phenomena, anomalies, one could view INT as a competing paradigm claiming to be able to make sense of such phenomena in its own conceptual framework. After a summary outline of the historical background and some relevant terminological elucidations, a narrative of the various phases of elaboration of the theory is proposed, up to its official public presentation.
Andrea Civello
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-4
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Title:  Journal of the history of biology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0022-5010     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hist Biol     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
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Created Date:  2012-12-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0202503     Medline TA:  J Hist Biol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Philosophy, University of Pisa, via P. Paoli 15, 56126, Pisa, Italy,
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