NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – California Institute of Technology geneticist Giuseppe Attardi has died at age 84, Caltech reported last week. Born in Italy, Attardi conducted cell research at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, and he was a Fullbright Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis.

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