Jules Bordet

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Jules Bordet

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Jules Bordet

Born: 13 June 1870, Soignies, Belgium

Died: 6 April 1961, Brussels, Belgium

Affiliation at the time of the award: Brussels University, Brussels, Belgium

Prize motivation: "for his discoveries relating to immunity."

Jules Bordet received his Nobel Prize one year later, in 1920.

Prize share: 1/1

Work

Our immune system protects us from attacks by microorganisms and poisonous substances. The blood includes factors or bodies that destroy bacteria. Through studies of cholera in 1896, Jules Bordet showed that this depends on the collaboration of two types of factors in the blood: antibodies formed by immunization against specific bacteria and complement proteins that also exist in blood that is not immunized. Antibodies and complement proteins are bound to one another, which can be used to detect certain diseases, including syphilis.

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