Mourning the passing of philanthropist and biomedical research advocate Mary Woodard Lasker--who died February 21- -scientists and United States government officials alike are praising her unique commitment to advancing the cause of science. In lamenting her death of heart failure at her home in Greenwich, Conn., at the age of 93, they point out that no layperson is likely to come forward in the near future to take Lasker's place as a spokesperson for the research community.

"She was a remarkable woman," says Paul Berg, director of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine at the Stanford University Medical Center. "Had we been wise, we would have cloned her so we could use her today."

In addition to convincing U.S. government leaders to step up the budget for medical research, Lasker did her own part to fund this work. She and her husband, the late Albert...

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