It is proposed that using both self-non-self and danger theories give a better understanding of how the immune system works. It is proposed that comparing the immune system to the police force is useful in this case since the police respond both to danger or damage signals and foreign or suspicious behavior even if no danger signals existed. We also propose that due to low zone tolerance, immunotherapy needs to be combined with another treatment method for cancer, e.g., chemotherapy or/and radiotherapy, to get sufficient eradication of tumors. Finally, we propose that fractional order differential equations are more suitable than the familiar integer order differential equations. A fractional order example of two immune effectors attacking an antigen is given.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Theory in Biosciences|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2007|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistics and Probability
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
- Applied Mathematics