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canadian goose jacket Flow cytometric analysis of expression in X SCID patients. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells from a control sample (A) and two patients with T SCID (B, C) were stained with an antibody to common chain. An increase in fluorescence activity from isotype control is seen in (A), indicating normal chain expression. In (B) and (C) no chain expression is seen, thus confirming the diagnosis of X linked SCID canadian goose jacket.