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Styles of science
Avrion Mitchison Scientist
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I'm not sure that I have- that I have much of a style, I don't particularly believe in other people's styles either. I think you can see people going off the rails in different directions, and when they go off the rails, that is clearly identifiable, but so long as the ship is sailing along in a reasonably- reasonable fashion, I am not so sure about style. I can tell you what I have been told by perceptive American women, and they say we quite like you, they say, because you have your own style and that style is what we think the way a European aristocrat behaves, that they can do and say anything they like without having to think about the consequences. The rest of us aren't like that and we do have to think about the consequences, so they say good luck to you, but you are different. I don't buy that, I mean who on earth would buy that about themselves anyway? I am not a European aristocrat, I do have to think about the consequences all the time. It's possible, that like some people wear bow ties, I wear an attitude of- I don't know what to say- nonchalance? No, that's the wrong- wrong word, but of less cares about what other people think and what other people do, but I think- I don't think it's more than skin deep. I hope it's not more than skin deep too, for I think it's- I don't want to be- to be different in that way.

Avrion Mitchison, the British zoologist, is currently Professor Emeritus at University College London and is best known for his work demonstrating the role of lymphocytes in tumour rejection and for the separate and cooperative roles of T- and B-lymphocytes in this and other processes.

Listeners: Martin Raff

Martin Raff is a Canadian-born neurologist and research biologist who has made important contributions to immunology and cell development. He has a special interest in apoptosis, the phenomenon of cell death.



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Duration: 1 minute, 47 seconds

Date story recorded: June 2004

Date story went live: 29 September 2010