Sir Peter C.Doherty

October 15th

  • Australian immunologist and pathologist who, with Swiss-born Rolf Zinkernagel, shared the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1996 for their project  at the John Curtin School of Medical Research in Canberra, Australia (1973-5).
  • Using mice, they studied how the immune system’s T-lymphocytes, recognize virus-infected cells from healthy cells. The “killer T-cells,” in a test tube killed cells infected by a virus, and worked only against a specific virus in a specific mouse and could not be transferred to a different animal.

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