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IV
ASSESSMENT

Measurement of ''immunity'' has often focused on measurement of humoral immunity to determine the presence of protective antibodies. Cellular immune function is fundamentally more complex and difficult to measure. Chapter 9 emphasizes the importance of the rationale for undertaking immune assessment to selecting the appropriate assessment method. It also provides a brief description of a variety of in vivo, and in vitro assessment methodologies. The use of whole-blood cultures for evaluation of functional activity of lymphoid cells in vitro is explored in Chapter 10 with an emphasis on the feasibility of their use for field studies.



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--> IV ASSESSMENT Measurement of ''immunity'' has often focused on measurement of humoral immunity to determine the presence of protective antibodies. Cellular immune function is fundamentally more complex and difficult to measure. Chapter 9 emphasizes the importance of the rationale for undertaking immune assessment to selecting the appropriate assessment method. It also provides a brief description of a variety of in vivo, and in vitro assessment methodologies. The use of whole-blood cultures for evaluation of functional activity of lymphoid cells in vitro is explored in Chapter 10 with an emphasis on the feasibility of their use for field studies.

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