Wednesday, May 18, 2016

18 May is reserved to Sir Anthony Epstein

Born on 18 May 1921, Michael Anthony Epstein went to St Paul’s School, London, and then studied medicine at Cambridge University and Middlesex Hospital Medical School. While assistant pathologist at Middlesex Hospital, he and his assistant Yvonne Barr, after several years of fruitless attempts to culture malign lymphoma cells, decided on a completely new approach to the problem: they separated and grew human lymphocytes in continuous culture, and in 1964, while examining some of these cells under an electron microscope, Epstein finally observed the particles now known as the Epstein-Barr Virus.

 About 95% of us have been infected by the virus, and we stay perfectly healthy. But in some people, under certain circumstances, it can cause a range of seemingly unrelated diseases - from Burkitt’s lymphoma in African children, to nasal cancers in south China, and glandular fever in Europe and the US.
Corina Marinescu

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