Antibodies have been known as important proteins, and, in recent years, understanding of their composition, synthesis, and genetic control has progressed rapidly. These aspects, as well as developments in the areas of structure, including function correlations, membrane immunoglobulin as recognition units, and antibody as regulator molecule, are reviewed. The flow of information development in recent years serves as a basis for projections into coming years, especially in the areas of more aggressive use of antibodies in therapy.
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