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Working with adenoviruses


Professor Charles M Pomerat
Leonard Hayflick Scientist
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Charles Pomerat was probably one of the two or three most interesting men in my life in respect to his... his abilities. He was not only a cell, a good cell culturist, but he was also expert, hard to believe, in architecture, marine biology, and two or three other disciplines in which he lectured at the University of Texas. He was technically professor of anatomy. He was a very charming fellow, he just mesmerised people, and they met him because of his ability... his ability to express himself in very interesting terms. He was very outgoing. He was also a master cook, especially of Japanese cuisine, only because he had been, I think I was told, the first biologist to go to Japan after the war, and he met the then pioneer Japanese cell culturists and learned about their equipment, which was fantastic equipment, some of which he brought back to his own lab, glassware, this was pre... before plastic ware was introduced into this discipline, but Charlie Pomerat brought back glassware from Japan that looked more or less like jewellery, it was so beautifully crafted, and some techniques that he used in his laboratory. The facility then gave me the opportunity to learn from a master, and I did.

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: University of Texas, Japan, Charles M Pomerat

Duration: 1 minute, 58 seconds

Date story recorded: July 2011

Date story went live: 08 August 2012