Discussion of the Paper by Drs. Weinstein and Jones

View More View Less
  • School of Hygiene and Public Health, Johns Hopkins University

Initially, it would seem that we might take exception to the last remark of Drs. Weinstein and Jones. This work represents much more than “only a beginning”. Rather, it represents an auspicious climax to ten years of labor on a difficult and, at times, discouraging problem. We have a story at Hopkins about Paul Weinstein. It is said that as a beginning graduate student, in the market for a suitable problem, he quietly announced that he intended growing Nippostrongylus, through its life cycle, in vitro. A fellow student's reaction was a scoffing, “You can't do that!”. With his usual courtesy Weinstein replied, “Oh, excuse me, I thought I could”.

These cultivation techniques for bringing Nippostrongylus to sexual maturity offer opportunities for tackling a number of problems in the biology of this helminth.

Save