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Scientist Obituary: In Trying to Understand Life, Biologist Changed Many

Dr. Anthony Pawson was a biologist and cellular researcher whose mission was to “understand how life works.” His discoveries – especially the identification of a protein named SH2, which established how cells communicate with one another – resolved one of science’s oldest mysteries, and helped to spur the development of treatments for cancer, diabetes, and other diseases. In trying to understand life, Pawson has changed many.

Dr. Anthony Pawson

His only regret? “Had I known how important [SH2] was to be,” he said, “I would have tried to think of a more memorable name.”

Read more about Dr. Anthony Pawson in his New York Times obituary.

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Seandor Szeles

    Seandor Szeles is the co-editor of the Secret Life Blog. He is most interested in the human side of science and providing take-away for educators.