PHILADELPHIA - The body's immune system has sophisticated safeguards in place to prevent it from turning its destructive power against the body's own cells. Immune cells with the capability of attacking the self are readily identified in healthy individuals, and these cells are typically purged from the system. Autoimmune disorders, such as lupus, arthritis, and diabetes, are understood to result from breakdowns in those protections - they are seen as departures from the healthy norm.
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