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Working on chickens


Proving the transfer of cells
Avrion Mitchison Scientist
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George never did any immunology on his own. He did have people, like me and others later, who did immunological experiments within his group. And what I was doing was- I can't really remember what was so special about that time. I think, perhaps, the most important single thing was showing that when you transferred immunity by these minces of cells, that immunity lasted forever. So it couldn't be, or would be extremely unlikely to be, any molecule. It had to be something- the cells themselves had to be surviving. And I think we went some way to proving that, did we? I'm not quite sure.

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: 48 seconds

Date story recorded: June 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008