This Day in Jewish History 1947: Biologist Who Discovered ‘Death Genes’ Through Worm Research Is Born

H. Robert Horvitz won the Nobel Prize following a unique insight that mysteries of human genetics could be elucidated by studying lowly animals.

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May 8, 1947, is the birthdate of H. Robert Horvitz, an American-Jewish biologist who shared the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Horvitz, Sydney Brenner and John Sulston, who cooperated on research...