Author: A.G. Dalgleish
The reasons why an immune system should attack itself are far from clear. The input of the biotechnological revolution has enabled us to readdress many of the fundamental questions raised by clinical and serological associations with autoimmune disease. The ability to dissect the immune response to those infectious agents that are associated with autoimmune features, in addition to the ability to clone and sequence immune response genes, has given us a much better understanding of the complexity of `autoimmunity'. The Impact of Biotechnology on Autoimmunity, which is a collection of papers from the BIOTECH 93 symposium with the same title, is a clear, informative and easy to read summary of its theme. Since the papers have been contributed by some of the leading laboratories in the world, reading is a pleasurable and instructive experience.