Happy Quotes From  Baruj   Benacerraf

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My primary and   secondary education was in French, which had a lasting influence on my life.

As biologists, we   contemplate with admiration and awe the wondrous array of sophisticated cell   interactions and recognitions evolved in the T cell immune system, which must   be a model for other similarly complex biological systems of highly   differentiated organisms.

Some of the most   significant advances in molecular biology have relied upon the methodology of   genetics. The same statement may be made concerning our understanding of   immunological phenomena.

In 1970, Dean   Robert Ebert offered me the Chair of Pathology at Harvard Medical School. I   moved to Harvard because I missed the university environment and, more   particularly, the stimulating interaction with the eager, enthusiastic, and   unprejudiced young minds of the students and fellows.

The immune system   has evolved the capacity to react specifically with a very large number of   foreign molecules with which it had no previous contact while avoiding   reactivity for autologous molecules, naturally antigenic in other species or   in other individuals of the same species.

My interest was   directed, from my medical student days, to Immunology, and particularly to   the mechanism of hypersensitivity. I had suffered from bronchial asthma as a   child and had developed a deep curiosity in allergic phenomena.

While in medical   school, I was drafted into the U.S. Army with the other medical students as   part of the wartime training program, and naturalized American citizen in   1943. I greatly enjoyed my medical studies, which at the Medical College of   Virginia were very clinically oriented.

The identification   of the genes which determine biological phenomena and the study of the   control they exert on these phenomena has proven to be the most successful   approach to a detailed understanding of the mechanism of biological   processes.