2.6 Immunologic Memory

Immunological memory is the ability, as well as capacity, of the immune system to remember antigens it previously encountered and acted against. It allows our immune system to detect previously-known antigens and eliminate them.

Through a process of clonal selection, B cells recognize the membrane antibody and bind to the specific antigen in the rapid expansion. The immune cells produced in response to the specific threat hence contain the specific markers that remain in the body. After encountering a disease for the first time, these markers are recognized, and adaptive immunity is built up over time.

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