From Serology of the Chicken MHC to Polymorphism of Malaria Antigen Genes
Koleč, the detached laboratories and experimental animal farm of the Institute for Experimental Biology and Genetics is some 10 miles northwest of Prague. A green graduate in 1968, I spent the very first year of my research apprenticeship there. My task was to produce sera for typing of chicken blood group antigens, which turned out to be the B locus. I recall chasing the birds around their outside runs to be bled, immunised and bled again, through the changing seasons and fortunes of that historic year. I acquired an allergy to the uncooperative dirty beasts but, in compensation, also a lasting appreciation of serology as a tool of genetic analysis.
KeywordsMalaria Vaccine Human Malaria Parasite Restricted Epitope Blood Form Merozoite Surface Antigen
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