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Malcolm Casadaban, a researcher at the University of Chicago, died last week, reports the Chicago Tribune. A cause of death was not immediately obvious, though he was exposed to a weakened form of the plague bacterium, Yersinia pestis. Casadaban studied the federally-approved version of organism to develop a stronger vaccine against the bacterium.

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