Lewis Thomas

November 25th

  • American physician and author best known for his reflective essays on a wide range of topics in biology.
  • Thomas made an impact by suggesting that an immunosurveillance mechanism protects us from the possible ravages of mutant cells, an idea later championed by Macfarlane Burnett.
  • He also proposed that viruses have played a major role in the evolution of species by their ability to move pieces of DNA from one individual.

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