Medicine: Immunity in Bottles

The credulity of U.S. doctors was sorely strained when Caltech biochemists revealed last spring that for the first time they had created antibodies in laboratory flasks. These artificial antibodies—the substances which form in the blood to fight poisons or diseases—were capable of attacking only a few simple chemical poisons (TIME, March 30). The latest news from Caltech is even more incredible: antibodies against bacterial disease, pneumonia III (one of the several forms of lung infection), have now been made synthetically. This achievement of Biochemists Linus Pauling and Dan Campbell is still in the realm of experimental medicine, and flask-prepared solutions...

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