While reading over examiners’ reports on past Oxford biology essays in preparation for my exams next week, I came across this wonderfully acidic remark.
Diagram of Octopus Brain…
Roses are red,
Violets are violet,
The heart is simply a pump
And love is merely a chemical imbalance in the brain.
Ralph Steinman, a Canadian biochemist, today won the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine for his work on the immune system.
He discovered sentinel dendritic cells which direct the killer T cells to attack invading organisms - the officer corps of the body’s immunal response army.
Every time you take an antibiotic, you are benefiting from this man’s life work. Countless lives have been saved due to this one scientist being dedicated enough to spend years chained at the lab bench, doing experiment after experiment, to figure out how the immune system works. Until today most of you will never have heard of Steinman, although you owe him your health. Indeed, your lives.
He died last week.