TWiV 197: Cloning HeLa cells with Professor Philip I Marcus

August 26, 2012

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Philip I. Marcus

Vincent travels to the University of Connecticut to meet up with Professor Philip I. Marcus to discuss his development of the single cell cloning technique in the early 1950s.

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15 comments on “TWiV 197: Cloning HeLa cells with Professor Philip I Marcus

  1. ErikCarter Aug 26, 2012

    Such a wonderful TWiV episode! I’m very happy that you were able to get ahold of Dr. Marcus. He told this story briefly in our virology class, but he didn’t go into as much detail as here, so this was very valuable.

  2. Liliana Souza Aug 27, 2012

    Thanks for this great interview, you guys are an inspiration.

  3. Fili_bucardo Aug 28, 2012

    This was great!!

  4. I love listening to him describe the first experiment where he sees the HeLa cells divide on the platform.  “First there was one cell, and then 24 hours later there were 2 cells!”  You can tell still sees it in his memory and remembers everything about that day.  Love it.

    • He had an amazing recall of the events, and is still highly enthusiastic. It’s great to see that after so many years. I hope I do (well, I’ll have the enthusiasm, not sure about the memory).

      • I think this is the beginning of a “Pioneers of Science” series.  Who else is still around?

  5. Elle P Aug 31, 2012

    By far one of my favorite Twiv’s! I love it when you interview someone and let them tell their story.

  6. Roseanne Sep 1, 2012

    I hope other scientists may be this genuine in attributing credit to contribution by others.

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  8. While doing the transcribing and researching for the many names that Drs. Racaniello and Marcus were mentioning during their conversation, I chanced upon a PDF document of the life and work of another distinguished scientist whose name was mentioned in the interview – Dr. Bill Joklik. The article, entitled “The Adventures of a Biochemist in Virology” was written by no other than Dr. Joklik in 2005. Link:

  9. Joseph Coco Sep 17, 2012

    I hate to say negative things, but this web cast didn’t catch my interest nearly as much as other TWiVs. My apologies to Dr. Marcus. If it’s any consolation, my life is much less interesting than his 🙂

    • Virologist Sep 18, 2012

      It would be more interesting if one understood basic biology that led to molecular biology and eventually bioinformatics.