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.

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