Alick Isaacs

Interferon and the Central Nervous System

Interferon and the Central Nervous System

Overview article Interferons (IFNs) are glycoproteins known as cytokines. These cytokines got their name by Isaacs and Lindenmann [1] after their ability to interfere with viral growth and production. Isaacs and Lindenmann worked at the Medical Research Council Laboratory in Mill Hill, outside London and were the first to publish a paper on these proteins. […]

The Discovery of Interferon, the First Cytokine, by Alick Isaacs and Jean Lindenmann in 1957

The Discovery of Interferon, the First Cytokine, by Alick Isaacs and Jean Lindenmann in 1957

Historical Perspectives I first met Alick Isaacs in November, 1955. He immediately struck me as an extremely intelligent and very lively person; though little did I know that those next few years would lead to a major discovery – that of interferon – and also that working with him was going to set the course […]