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Jürg Tschopp (1951–2011)

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Science  06 May 2011:
Vol. 332, Issue 6030, pp. 679
DOI: 10.1126/science.1207046

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Jürg Tschopp—biochemist, pioneer in the study of inflammation, researcher par excellence—died suddenly of a heart attack on 22 March while hiking with his wife and son in the Swiss Alps. He was 60 years old. Jürg was a hero to so many colleagues and the wider research community. His work on programmed cell death (apoptosis) and inflammation over the past 20 years made him the most important biochemist in these fields. His discoveries led to therapies for inflammatory diseases, which he described to me as the most satisfying outcome of his career.