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Damn the Torpedoes. Full Speed Ahead!

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Science  03 May 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5569, pp. 851-852
DOI: 10.1126/science.1069830

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Letters and diaries, discovered after Gertrude Elion's death in 1999, cast new light on how she developed the philosophy that enabled her to overcome personal tragedies and the lack of a doctoral degree and go on to perform the ground-breaking research on drug discovery that led to her being awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1988.