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Jerne, Niels Kai

(nēls kī yĕr`nə), 1911–94, British-Danish immunologist, b. London. He worked at the Danish State Serum Institute (1945–55) and was chief medical officer to the World Health Organization (1956–62). He developed a "network theory" to explain the interactive processes by which the human immune system creates antibodies against disease. In 1984, Jerne shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with César MilsteinMilstein, César,
1927–2002, Anglo-Argentine immunologist, Ph.D. Cambridge, 1960. He worked (1961–63) at the National Institute of Microbiology, Buenos Aires, but following a military coup he resigned and returned to Cambridge, where he joined the staff of the
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 and Georges KöhlerKöhler, Georges Jean Franz
, 1946–95, German immunologist, Ph.D. Univ. of Freiburg, 1974. He worked (1974–76) with César Milstein at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England.
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