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Replacing WI-25 with WI-26


Nathan Shock
Leonard Hayflick Scientist
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In fact, that interpretation was so convincing to a major personality, of the few there were at that time in the field of aging, that he, and his name is Nathan Shock, a man in the United States who's given credit for the establishment of research in... bio gerontology in the United States, meaning the study of aging... aging in its biological aspects, fundamental biological aspects.

Nathan learned of my work, invited me to the University of Maryland in Baltimore, which was actually part of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at that time; there was not a National Institute of Aging in those days. And Nathan invited me to give a lecture there, which I did reluctantly because I still was not totally convinced that what I had found had anything to do with biological aging. But I did indeed give the lecture.

Nathan then pushed me along; he invited... had me invited to a meeting in California at a resort near San Diego, I recall, because this was my first visit to California, for that meeting, and I was impressed with the fact that, first of all, I had been invited and, secondly, I was mingling with only about 12 or 15 people at this meeting, that had to do with the epidemiology of aging. But there were no biologists there, other than myself, and I gave a paper and the people there were major figures in geriatric medicine. So I was quite impressed with that invitation. And Nathan remained a close friend until his death, and I had subsequent interactions with him that were very significant that I'll describe later.

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: National Institute of Health, Nathan Shock

Duration: 2 minutes, 16 seconds

Date story recorded: July 2011

Date story went live: 08 August 2012