Antibody-dependent Cell-mediated Cytotoxicity due to a “Null” Lymphoid Cell


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GREENBERG, A., HUDSON, L., SHEN, L. et al. Antibody-dependent Cell-mediated Cytotoxicity due to a “Null” Lymphoid Cell. Nature New Biology 242, 111–113 (1973).

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