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Leonard Lerman, PhD, died September 19 at the age of 87 after a long illness. Dr. Lerman, a molecular biologist, was a former senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His pioneering discovery of how DNA may be manipulated provided a critical step for subsequent analysis of DNA, and was fundamental to the triplet code hypothesis for protein synthesis. At age 16, Dr. Lerman won a science radio show contest in Pittsburgh and received a scholarship to attend the Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie Mellon University. As such, he entered college prior to graduating from high school; earning a Bachelor of Science degree in just five semesters. He worked in an experimental weapons research …
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