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Antibodies against hormones of the own body

  1. Feb 25, 2016 #1

    DrDu

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    Recently I came upon the description of medical tests for hormones like cortisole, or tyroid hormones like T3 and T4, which use polyclonal antibodies from hamsters, pigs, sheep or thelike.
    As far as I know, they are obtained by vacunating these animals and harvesting the antibodies from their blood. But how can you induce an organism to produce antibodies against hormones it uses itself and needs for its wellbeing?
     
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  3. Feb 28, 2016 #2

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  4. Feb 28, 2016 #3

    DrDu

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    Thank you, that's very interesting.
     
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