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Body's Secret Weapon: Burning Water?

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Science  07 Sep 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5536, pp. 1749
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5536.1749

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On page 1806 of this issue of Science, a team of California researchers reports that antibodies create highly reactive chemicals that cells can use to cleanse themselves and poison invaders. More surprising still, they seem to make them by burning water.