is a professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel
). He discovered a special type of antibodies
In 1989 a group of biologists led by Raymond Hamers at the Free University investigated an odd observation handed in as part of a student project on how dromedary camels (the one-humped, Arabian variety) and water buffalo fight off parasites. One of the tests for antibodies in the dromedary blood seemed to show an error: in addition to normal four-chain antibodies, it indicated the presence of simpler antibodies composed solely of a pair of heavy chains.
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