Nobel-winning Latino Immunologist Baruj Benacerraf Dies
Baruj Benacerraf

Baruj Benacerraf

A Venezuelan-born, Nobel Prize-winning immunologist died Monday from complications of pneumonia, his family said. He was 90.

A physician-scientist, Baruj Benacerraf gained attention after he discovered that genetic factors played a central role in the function of the immune system. That finding led to a 1980 Nobel Prize for him and colleagues Jean Dausset of Université de Paris and George Snell of Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. The prize was in Physiology or Medicine.

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