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Father and mother
Avrion Mitchison Scientist
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My father was a- a lawyer, a barrister, who, through my childhood, repeatedly stood for Parliament and never got in. He didn't get in until the 1940, when was it, '45 election or was it '46? Then- and after that he was a Member of Parliament. And- but what were we going on about? Yes, that was in London. And my mother was a writer so she could work anywhere. She was attached- very much attached to Scotland for- for old family reasons and they bought a large house in Scotland in, I think, 1938, and from then on lived mostly there.

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: 57 seconds

Date story recorded: June 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008