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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

August 7th

Born this day in 1947, Lydia Villa-Komaroff, Molecular Biologist. Villa-Komaroff is a leading educator,researcher and pioneer in the science of cloning. "The secret to success was in the genes." Villa-Komaroff did her graduate work at MIT under the Nobel Laureate David Baltimore. She has taught and conducted research at Harvard University Medical School, Northwestern University. "Discovering Women" a PBS documentary ran in 1995 as a six-part series on women in science. "DNA Detective", was the title of Villa-Komaroff's segment.
Yes, a pioneer in cloning; but also a woman reaching out to young women interested in the field of science. Villa-Komaroff is now Board Member and Chief Scientific Officer, Cytonome/ST, LLC.

On this day in 1963, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy was the first to give birth in the Whitehouse, since First Lady Cleveland. Patrick Bouvier Kennedy died August 9th, 1963, of
Hyaline Membrane Disease, today more commonly called Infant respiratory distress syndrome.

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