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Dangers surrounding the use of cultured monkey kidney cells


Our article is published in Experimental Cell Research
Leonard Hayflick Scientist
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We then, I believe, spoke with Hilary who said, you should send your paper in now to Experimental Cell Research in Stockholm, Sweden, that's... the title is obviously appropriate for this paper. And my recollection is that he had a friend on the editorial board to whom the paper may have been directly sent, I don't recall that with any accuracy. But within six weeks, the paper was accepted without any change whatsoever. The paper was published, however, my recollection is that it was in press for about six months and it was during that period that the freezer failure occurred – electrical freezer – and we lost everything described in that paper.

So, during that time, I started another cell population since the first 25 were named WI one through 25 – WI obviously Wistar Institute. The next one would be called WI 26; it was from a male foetus and it was reasonably widely circulated, nationally and internationally.

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: Experimental Cell Research, Hilary Koporowski

Duration: 1 minute, 23 seconds

Date story recorded: July 2011

Date story went live: 08 August 2012