The father of medical genetics, Victor McKusick, died at his home in Towson, Md., on Tuesday. McKusick spent his career at Johns Hopkins University, where he established its medical genetics division and studied the links between genetics and disease, especially Marfan syndrome, dwarfism, and Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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