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Transplant rejection

Transplant rejection occurs when the immune system of the recipient of an transplant attacks the transplanted organ or tissue.

This is because a normal healthy human immune system can distinguish foreign tissues and attempts to destroy them, just as it attempts to destroy infective organisms such as bacteria and viruses.

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