Ralph M. Steinman (1943–2011)

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Science  28 Oct 2011:
Vol. 334, Issue 6055, pp. 466
DOI: 10.1126/science.1215136

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On 30 September 2011, just days short of the announcement that he had been awarded the Nobel Prize for his discovery of dendritic cells, Ralph Steinman lost his nearly 5-year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. Although this disease claims the lives of 85% of those it afflicts within 1 year of diagnosis, it was not surprising to many of us who knew him that Ralph beat the odds for so long and got so much accomplished while doing so.