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Jerne, Niels Kaj

  1. JM Cruse,
  2. RE Lewis

Published Online: 30 MAY 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0002838



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Cruse, J. and Lewis, R. 2001. Jerne, Niels Kaj. eLS. .

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  1. University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAY 2001

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1911–1994 Danish immunologist who proposed a selection theory of antibody formation, the functional network of antibodies and lymphocytes and distinction of self from nonself by T lymphocytes.


  • antibody avidity;
  • natural selection theory of antibody formation;
  • idiotypic network theory;
  • haemolytic plaque assay