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Alick Isaacs Laboratory Notebooks 1938-1965
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Biography

Biographical Note

Alick Isaacs was educated at Glasgow University and at Australia's Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. In 1947 Dr. Isaacs began studying how the body combats various strains of influenza. He joined the World Influenza Centre in London in 1951. There, with a team of researchers - notably Jean Lindemann, Isaacs discovered interferon in 1957. Interferon is a natural defense protein released by a cell to combat a viral infection. Dr. Isaacs was named director of the World Influenza Centre in 1961.