ISSN 1062-3604, Russian Journal of Developmental Biology, 2008, Vol. 39, No. 6, pp. 366–366. © Pleiades Publishing, Inc., 2008. Original Russian Text © G.I. Abelev, 2008, published in Ontogenez, 2008, Vol. 39, No. 6, p. 453. HISTORY OF SCIENCE I.M. GELFAND’S SEMINAR ON BIOLOGY DOI: 10.1134/S106236040806009X There comes the time of the Gelfand’s Seminar, 6 most. When free search is in deﬁciency. Nowadays, p.m., the audience is ready in room 546 of the Molecu- when active development of many scientiﬁc ﬁelds is lar Biology Building at Moscow State University. It is over, and the deﬁciency in Gestalt, interaction between noisy; participants discuss places they visited, work developed scientiﬁc ﬁelds, becomes topical. The subjects, or interesting reading. 30 minutes passes, then research at the interfaces between scientiﬁc ﬁelds 40, and 50; ﬁnally, Israel Moiseevich Gelfand enters the becomes increasingly important and fruitful; it was door. Sandwiches are available on a table. (Israel Moi- always like that but has become critical nowadays. seevich personally keeps an eye on raising money, 1 The present-day Gelfand’s Seminar would rely on ruble per participant.) He continues a conversation with the same strict tests for signiﬁcance as 20 or 30 years a non-seminar person. before. Such analysis applied to the whole ﬁelds of Gelfand, “What we have today?” biology—immunology, oncology, stem cells, differen- tiation, and their mutual relationships. Israel Moi- One of participants, “A presentation of tissue trans- seevich always combated obscuring these the most plantation by Brondz.” important relationships by artistic style. Gelfand, “It is very interesting. But isn’t it time for “Who can tell about how immunology turned out or Victor Ivanov to tell us about the onion root? Victor, current understanding of cancer?” That is how I hear come on, tell us!” present-day question by Israel Moiseevich. This ques- Ivanov, “The onion root is a unique model to study tion is equally important for researchers who has come mitotic phases, which are strictly regularly arranged a long way in science and for those who just start. along the root…” The Gelfand’s Seminar is severely missing nowa- Nearly all Gelfand’s seminars started like this, but days; ﬁrst of all, because of the knowledge, prospects, no one could predict how it would end. Around 11 p.m., and, primarily, criteria it brought to us. Israel Moiseevich commonly resumed that we will dis- G.I. Abelev, Academician cuss “this” at the next seminar… of the Russian Academy of Sciences. What would be the Seminar today? What we would like it to be? Nowadays, when personalities are wanted e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
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