Unformatted text preview: prompt the development of antibodies. Application of biotechnology allows development of vaccines that are the protein (antigen) which in no way can cause the disease. Passive immunity is the type of immunity when the individual is given antibodies to combat a specific disease. Passive immunity is short-lived. Emergent Viruses Viruses are usually quite specific as to their hosts and even to the types of cells they infect in a multicellular host. Recently, some viruses appear to have shifted their host: HIV, hantavirus, and ebola appear to be either viruses shifting to a new (human) host or else viruses whose existence and effects are just now being realized by scientists and the general public....
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- Fall '10
- Biology, Edward Jenner, passive immunity, cowpox, disease. Passive immunity