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The Lock and Key of Medicine: Monoclonal Antibodies and the Transformation of Healthcare

Lara V Marks

Abstract

This book tells the extraordinary yet unheralded history of monoclonal antibodies. Often referred to as Mabs, they are unfamiliar to most nonscientists, yet these microscopic protein molecules are everywhere, quietly shaping our lives and healthcare. Discovered in the mid-1970s in the laboratory where Watson and Crick had earlier unveiled the structure of DNA, Mabs have radically changed understandings of the pathways of disease. They have enabled faster, cheaper, and more accurate clinical diagnostic testing on a vast scale. And they have played a fundamental role in pharmaceutical innovation ... More

Keywords: monoclonal antibodies, Mabs, pharmaceutical innovation, recombinant interferon, insulin, personalized drug therapies, Hecetin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300167733
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300167733.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lara V Marks, author
King's College London and Cambridge University