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Father and mother


Family and politics
Avrion Mitchison Scientist
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I was part of a large immediate family since I had five sibs, although we were a bit short of distant relatives. In part because I suppose we, my parents, came from fairly conservative backgrounds. Not entirely so, but fairly conservative backgrounds, and when they joined the Labour movement, after the '14-'18 war, they either were cut off, or did cut themselves off, from relatives. So, as a child I never felt embedded in a larger family group, but just in this, sort of, nucleus of lefties.

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.

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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, 8 seconds

Date story recorded: June 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008