Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Side-chain Theory

First version of many subsequent selective theories of antibody diversity, now abandoned as originally proposed by German bacteriologist Paul Ehlich (1854-1915); specifically, that immunocytes develop groups of surface chemical receptors that are released upon interaction with an antigen, and that their release stimulates the production of more side-chain groups.

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