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Lennart Philipson Dies

Lennart Philipson, a virologist and microbiologist, died in June. In this week's PLoS Biology, David Baltimore writes that Philipson was "a force of nature" in the lab. "He is particularly noted for his work on the cellular receptors for viruses, on the assembly of adenoviruses, and on the control of adenovirus gene expression, but he made contributions to fields as disparate as serology and structure determination and everything in between," Balitmore says. He adds that Philipson also helped lead scientific institutes like the Wallenberg Laboratory in Sweden and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. "Lennart was a rare and irreplaceable person, a true individual. His science was path-finding, his leadership strong and imaginative, his friendship deep. He will be missed by all who knew him," Baltimore says.