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(Science: procedure, surgery) surgical removal of the spleen. This is sometimes done in leukaemia or lymphoma as part of a patients treatment.

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The Implausible Engines of Evolution

... strain loses ground. If the antimicrobial pressure was constant (for example, a life-long antimicrobial treatment of a person who has undergone splenectomy), the mutant strain would be the dominant strain for the rest of the host organism's life - unless, of course, some new and even more beneficial ...

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by biohazard
Mon Oct 10, 2011 7:23 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: The Implausible Engines of Evolution
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T cell differentiation

... the immune cells within it function somewhat similarly to lymph nodes. Although a human can survive without the spleen, persons who have undergone splenectomy are more prone to certain infections, including dangerous septic infections by capsulated bacteria such as Streptococcus pneumoniae , Meningococcus ...

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by biohazard
Fri Jun 17, 2011 11:08 am
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: T cell differentiation
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