A Brief History of Immune Network Theory: The Reemergence of a Forgotten Paradigm

Monday, April 04, 2011

The network theory of immunology is not currently the predominant paradigm of immunology. The framework emerged in the mid 1970’s. Later, in 1984, a Danish immunologist by the name of Niels Kaj Jerne, was awarded the Nobel Prize for his immune network “hypothesis”. He was the first to propose that the antibodies of the system not only recognized foreign antigens, but also recognized and interacted with each other, as part of a network. Jerne had realized, that, just a ..