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Thomas A. Steitz (1940–2018)

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Science  23 Nov 2018:
Vol. 362, Issue 6417, pp. 897
DOI: 10.1126/science.aav8253

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Thomas A. Steitz, distinguished molecular and structural biologist, died on 9 October at the age of 78. Tom was known for his unerring judgment in picking fundamentally important problems, and persisting, sometimes for over a decade, until he solved them. His work on the information flow from DNA to RNA to protein culminated in work on the structure of the 50S subunit of the ribosome, for which he shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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