Monoclonal Antibodies

  • describe the production of monoclonal antibodies, including:
    • use of lymphocytes which produce desired antibodies but do not divide
    • production of hybridoma cells
    • hybridoma cells produce antibodies as they divide
  • explain the use of monoclonal antibodies, including:
    • in pregnancy testing
    • in diagnosis including locating the position of blood clots and cancer cells and in treatment of diseases including cancer
    • the advantages of using monoclonal antibodies to target specific cells compared to drug and radiotherapy treatments