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Theodore Puck confirms my observations


Theodore Puck
Leonard Hayflick Scientist
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So Paul and I decided to publish. We wrote the paper, it was a rather long paper because in it, we not only described the phenomena that I've just described, but we described the virus spectrum of these cells which was the broadest known at that time. The cells seemed to be capable of replicating every known virus and some that were unknown, as I explained, at that time. But I still had one nagging problem and that nagging problem was that another senior personality in the field, a man by the name of Theodore Puck who was then working at the University of Colorado, a very well-known personality in the cell culture field – he had written a kind of mini text book on how to do culture, he had a course that was very popular outside of the national course and he had made some significant observations.

The reason I worried about what he had published is that he had been working also for years with normal human cells, yet this giant in the field had never found... had never had a clue to appreciate what had happened to my human cultures and my interpretation of those events. This was very puzzling and I didn't know him personally at all at the time and it was worrisome.

Leonard Hayflick (b. 1928), the recipient of several research prizes and awards, including the 1991 Sandoz Prize for Gerontological Research, is known for his research in cell biology, virus vaccine development, and mycoplasmology. He also has studied the ageing process for more than thirty years. Hayflick is known for discovering that human cells divide for a limited number of times in vitro (refuting the contention by Alexis Carrel that normal body cells are immortal), which is known as the Hayflick limit, as well as developing the first normal human diploid cell strains for studies on human ageing and for research use throughout the world. He also made the first oral polio vaccine produced in a continuously propogated cell strain - work which contributed to significant virus vaccine development.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is a London-based television producer and director who has made a number of documentary films for BBC TV, Channel 4 and PBS.

Tags: Paul Moorhead, Theodore Puck

Duration: 1 minute, 50 seconds

Date story recorded: July 2011

Date story went live: 08 August 2012