Finnish-born geneticist and physician linkurl:Leena Peltonen-Palotie,; who uncovered numerous genetic mutations behind various human diseases, passed away last week at the age of 57.
Leena Peltonen-Palotie (1952-2010)
Image: Academy of Finland
Peltonen-Palotie helped establish the human genetics department at the Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, held appointments at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Boston, and served as the head of human genetics at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. She succumbed to cancer last Thursday (11th March). "She was a world-class geneticist who was known throughout the world for her clinically relevant work in human genetics," said linkurl:Gerald Levey,; former dean of UCLA's Geffen School of Medicine who hired Peltonen-Palotie to lead the newly created human genetics department there in the late 1990s. Peltonen-Palotie was a prolific researcher throughout her 37-year career in genetics. Much of her research had its roots in...

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