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Renato Dulbecco (1914–2012)

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Science  30 Mar 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6076, pp. 1587
DOI: 10.1126/science.1221692

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When a gentle superman passes from our midst, we must bow our heads in recognition of his powers. Renato Dulbecco was both gentle and remarkable. He died on 19 February at his home in La Jolla, California. I got to know Renato when he invited me in 1965 to set up my first laboratory within his space at the then-nascent Salk Institute. He was moving from a professorship at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where he already had a notable career in virology. We were to share a Nobel Prize, with Howard Temin, just 10 years later.