The New York Times reports the death of Mildred Cohn, "a biochemist who overcame religious and sex discrimination to advance the study of metabolic processes." She was 96. According to the article, Cohn overcame many levels of prejudice, including academic departments that wouldn't give women tenure, to finally receive her first tenure-track appointment 21 years after earning her PhD.

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