Technical Bulletin No. 0783: The Use of Immunotoxicity Assays in Aquatic Biology Research

The immune response depends on a complex, interrelated system of organs, tissues, cells and soluble protein factors. Ultimately, however, the function of the immune system is very simple: to protect the living organism from foreign material. Assays of immune function span a wide range of scale, from the study of isolated cells in vitro to disease challenges of intact organisms.