Cesar Milstein quotes

  • What attracted me to immunology was that the whole thing seemed to revolve around a very simple experiment: take two different antibody molecules and compare their primary sequences. The secret of antibody diversity would emerge from that. Fortunately at the time I was sufficiently ignorant of the subject not to realise how naive I was being.
    -- Cesar Milstein

    #Simple #Two #Diversity

  • I learned what research was all about as a research student [with] Stoppani ... Max Perutz, and ... Fred Sanger... From them, I always received an unspoken message which in my imagination I translated as "Do good experiments, and don't worry about the rest."
    -- Cesar Milstein

    #Imagination #Worry #Max

  • And yet in a funny way our lack of success led to our breakthrough; because, since we could not get a cell line off the shelf doing what we wanted, we were forced to construct it. And the original experiment ... developed into a method for the production of hybridomas ... [which] was of more importance than our original purpose.
    -- Cesar Milstein

    #Cells #Purpose #Lines

  • The hybridoma technology was a by-product of basic research. Its success in practical applications is to a large extent the result of unexpected and unpredictable properties of the method. It thus represents another clear-cut example of the enormous practical impact of an investment in research which might not have been considered commercially worthwhile, or of immediate medical relevance. It resulted from esoteric speculations, for curiosity's sake, only motivated by a desire to understand nature.
    -- Cesar Milstein

    #Nature #Cutting #Technology

  • Although the way ahead [for immunology] is full of pitfalls and difficulties, this is indeed an exhilarating prospect. There is no danger of a shortage of forthcoming excitement in the subject. Yet, as always, the highlights of tomorrow are the unpredictabilities of today.
    -- Cesar Milstein

    #Science #Today #Way

  • We are at the beginning of a new era of immunochemistry, namely the production of "antibody based" molecules.
    -- Cesar Milstein

    #Science #Molecules #Eras

  • I believe it was the great ogre philosopher Gary who observed that complexity is, generally speaking, an illusion of conscious desire. All things exist in as simple a form as necessity dictates. When a thing is labeled 'complex,' that's just a roundabout way of saying you're not observant enough to understand it.

  • Music that is born complex is not inherently better or worse than music that is born simple.

  • A simple yet profound way to create a healthy body, a stress-free mind, and a peaceful sense of well-being.

  • Made with Pencils is grounded in the creativity of a few, propelled by the financial support of many, and most importantly, it's empowering generations to come. A simple idea, a heartfelt desire, and a world of possibility. A pencil, a promise, and a dream.

  • It is my plan to create a city that is direct and simple... To leave out all that is ugly, to eliminate the unnecessary, and to give Florida and the nation a resort city as perfect as study and ideals can make it.

  • Any time you get two people in a room who disagree about anything, the time of day, there is a scene to be written. That's what I look for.

  • The strongest bond of human sympathy outside the family relation should be one uniting working people of all nations and tongues and kindreds.

  • Really, as long as I am working and have diversity, I am happy.

  • Pluralist societies are not accidents of history. They are a product of enlightened education and continuous investment by governments and all of civil society in recognizing and celebrating the diversity of the world's peoples.

  • I have a hard time accepting diversity as a synonym for justice. Diversity is a corporate strategy.