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How to grow the Eaton agent


Walking pneumonia
Leonard Hayflick Scientist
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Monroe Eaton was working for many years with this unknown organism in the belief that it was somehow concerned with a human disease called 'primary atypical pneumonia', better known popularly as 'walking pneumonia'. And as the name suggests, it is a pneumonic condition and which it is... it causes symptoms that don't usually don't commit you to a bed for long periods of time, but you feel draggy and washed out and whatever term you want to use for general feeling of debilitation, but still capable of carrying on your life, but with this serious problem of pneumonia, but not like other microbial pneumonias that can be fatal. This is rarely fatal, but it affects millions of people. At least at that time, the people most affected were young people who assembled together, for example in a college dormitory, or in a military barracks. So it was a great concern to the military, not only in the US, but in other countries as well.

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: Monroe Eaton

Duration: 1 minute, 31 seconds

Date story recorded: July 2011

Date story went live: 08 August 2012