Jean Dausset dies

The French immunologist Jean Dausset, who won a Nobel Prize for his discovery of human leukocyte antigens (HLAs), key components of the human immune system, died on June 6 in Mallorca, Spain, where he had lived for the past two years. He was 92. Image: Foundation Jean Dausset-CEPH"He was really a very remarkable character," linkurl:Jean-Paul Soulillou,;http://www.fondation-centaure.org/fr/fondation/documents/CvJean-PaulSoulillou.pdf a transplantation researcher at the University of Nantes who c

Elie Dolgin
Jun 22, 2009
The French immunologist Jean Dausset, who won a Nobel Prize for his discovery of human leukocyte antigens (HLAs), key components of the human immune system, died on June 6 in Mallorca, Spain, where he had lived for the past two years. He was 92.
Image: Foundation Jean Dausset-CEPH
"He was really a very remarkable character," linkurl:Jean-Paul Soulillou,;http://www.fondation-centaure.org/fr/fondation/documents/CvJean-PaulSoulillou.pdf a transplantation researcher at the University of Nantes who collaborated occasionally with Dausset, told __The Scientist__. "He was someone who was very elegant in his way of thinking -- very simple, very human, and very nice to know." Dausset's most notable achievement was his 1958 discovery of cell surface markers -- later called HLAs -- that help a person's immune system distinguish between the body's own cells and foreign tissues. The work, which was published in__ linkurl:Acta Haematologica,;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/54792/ __has been cited more than 250 times, according to ISI. This discovery paved the way...