Marguerite Vogt dies

Salk researcher developed plaque assay for polio virus

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Jul 18, 2007
Marguerite Vogt, whose early work on polio virus characterized how the virus forms plaques in culture, died this month of natural causes. She was 94.
Vogt was a longtime professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, Calif. Her best-known work on polio was conducted in the 1950s, and for decades following she continued to study viruses and the genetics of cancer, only retiring from benchwork as an octogenarian."She was such a wonderful worker and wonderful person, I was very happy to be with her," Renato Dulbecco, a former collaborator of Vogt and a colleague at the Salk Institute, told The Scientist. Vogt was born in Germany, into a family of scientists. Her father, Oskar, a neuroscientist, was the director of the Kaiser Wilhelm/Max Planck Institute until he was ousted for political reasons, and her mother, Cecile, and sister, Marthe, were also neuroscientists....

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