Francois Jacob

The French biologist shared the 1965 Nobel prize for medicine with colleagues Jacques Monod and Andre Lwoff. They identified messenger RNA which carries the blueprint for a protein from cellular DNA to the ribosome. Their achievement ushered in the modern age of molecular biology. Jacob was 92.  <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-me-francois-jacob-20130425,0,7972445.story" class="center_label">Full&nbsp;obituary</a>  

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The French biologist shared the 1965 Nobel prize for medicine with colleagues Jacques Monod and Andre Lwoff. They identified messenger RNA which carries the blueprint for a protein from cellular DNA to the ribosome. Their achievement ushered in the modern age of molecular biology. Jacob was 92. Full obituary
Notable deaths of 2012

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