Antibody Production

Antibody Production Overview

High productivity levels in livestock are dependent on a functional/healthy body system. Animals infected with diseases experience physical and psychological distress which affects their ability to produce healthy and safe by-products like meat and dairy. These diseases are caused by pathogens that attack and weaken the animal’s immune system. Pathogens include viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites that infect animals through direct and indirect contacts, and through their feed, water or parasitic vectors like tick, flea and mosquito.
However, an animal’s system is made up of antibodies which help to fight against these diseases. Antibody production involves integrating technology to boost the immune systems of animals against future infections. It involves injecting animals with pathogens to stimulate antibodies at their highest performance. On stimulation, these antibodies are harvested from the animals blood through technology, cleaned, modified and immobilized for use in immunization of animals against the specific antigens. Antibody production is highly technical but works to protect animals against specific pathogens and their resultant death on infection. Besides its application in agriculture, the area is also being explored for human diseases like cancer. The industry which is fast rising was estimated at a market value of nearly $80 billion in 2018. Tengrain Science is available to facilitate collaborative research in antibody production.