ISSN 1062-3604, Russian Journal of Developmental Biology, 2008, Vol. 39, No. 6, pp. 362–363. © Pleiades Publishing, Inc., 2008.
Original Russian Text © l.A. Zakharova, S.G. Vassetzky, 2008, published in Ontogenez, 2008, Vol. 39, No. 6, pp. 448–450.
Garry Izrailevich Abelev, an outstanding researcher
in immunology and oncology, celebrates his 80th anni-
versary. He has made a substantial contribution to the
cancer cell biology and clinical oncology, and his stud-
ies formed a basis for a new discipline in experimental
and clinical oncology, immunodiagnosis of cancer.
Garry Abelev is Professor, Doctor of Biology, and
Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences. A
list of his ranks and awards is impressive.
The Abelev’s way to science started at school. In his
amazing book of memoirs
Ocherki nauchnoi zhizni
(Outlines of Scientiﬁc Life; Moscow, 2006), Abelev
mentions that he has read works by Sechenov, Bekh-
terev, and Pavlov, which arose his interest in physiology
of higher nervous activity, on the one hand, and to
philosophical problems in psychology, on the other
hand. After ﬁnishing secondary school in spring of the
victory year 1945, young Garry faced an uneasy choice
between just the opened Department of Psychology at
the Faculty of Philosophy and the Biological Faculty at
Moscow State University. The course by P.K. Anokhin
at the Polytechnical Museum attended by the young
man inclined his steps towards the Biological Faculty.
Abelev’s early interest to philosophy and life sciences
was beneﬁcial for his further scientiﬁc, pedagogical,
and social activity. As a matter of fact, only those with
philosophical turn of mind and become truly famous
ﬁgures in biology and medicine.
After graduation from Moscow State University in
1950, Abelev started to work at the Gamaleya Institute
of Epidemiology and Microbiology, and passed all the
way from senior technician to department director
without missing any step in the standard carrier ladder.
But the research conducted by him and coworkers
largely concerned with the cancer antigenic structure
was far from being standard. The laboratory has elabo-
rated a test for normal and tumor tissues at the level of
individual antigens. At the same time, the latest immu-
nological methods were used such as immunodiffusion,
immunoﬁltration, immunohistochemical and radioim-
To the 80th Anniversary of the Birth of G.I. Abelev
“Russia is so genetically rich that,
no matter how much is the brain drain,
it will produce geniuses.