The Production of a Specific Antiserum to Bird Serum

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  • The School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley


Chickens produce antibody in high-titer when injected with serum proteins of other birds. These antisera have little or no cross-reactivity with serum proteins from birds of different orders, but do react in high-titer to closely related bird species.

Absorptions of the antisera with a serum of a closely related species will remove much of the homologous antibody, while absorption with a distantly related serum will not.