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A Eureka moment in the lab


Alzheimer's disease
John Bonner Scientist
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It was one of the greatest things that happened to me, and I endured. I think maybe, I don't think I've told you before, but when she first started, and she was half-gone, we were in Nova Scotia. And suddenly she came - I was in bed reading - and she suddenly came to the side of the bed and she said to me, 'What's your name?' And I said, 'John', and she said, 'Oh, good', and climbed up. So it went on to more and more of that, until finally she no longer could speak, really, just noises. Dreadful disease.

John Tyler Bonner (born in 1920) is an emeritus professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. He is a pioneer in the use of cellular slime molds to understand evolution and development and is one of the world's leading experts on cellular slime molds. He says that his prime interests are in evolution and development and that he uses the cellular slime molds as a tool to seek an understanding of those twin disciplines. He has written several books on developmental biology and evolution, many scientific papers, and has produced a number of works in biology. He has led the way in making Dictyostelium discoideum a model organism central to examining some of the major questions in experimental biology.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: wife, speech, disease

Duration: 1 minute, 3 seconds

Date story recorded: February 2016

Date story went live: 14 September 2016