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A very active laboratory


Citation from the International Organization of Mycoplasmology
Leonard Hayflick Scientist
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I'll now move from the field of mycoplasmology, although I did further work in the field and published several more papers after this initial event. I also should say that now that I understand what the values are, I never... have never actually received an award for that discovery, other than having received the presidential citation from the president of the International Organisation of Mycoplasmology and I believe, in about 1972, at an international conference in Jerusalem. The president at that time was a man by the name of Eyvint Freundt from Aarhus, Denmark, who was one of the three or four founders of the field and so this was... it gave me, of course, some great satisfaction. But it was Bob Chanock who received most of the awards, financial prizes, etc., something that I should say annoyed me, but not to the extent that it worried me or affected my health. I have just learned to live with those events.

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: International Organization of Mycoplasmology, Eyvind Freundt, Robert Chanick

Duration: 1 minute, 31 seconds

Date story recorded: July 2011

Date story went live: 08 August 2012