Paul H. Silverman, founder of the first US human genome research center in Berkeley, Calif., and vocal advocate of stem cell research, died on July 15 due to complications following bone marrow replacement. He was 79.

During his five decades as a scientist and administrator, Silverman tackled issues ranging from immunotherapy to biotechnology. "His career is marked by so much diversity," said Susan Bryant, dean of biological sciences at the University of California, Irvine, where Silverman served as a professor. "He enjoyed different challenges and different topics, but he was always focused on big picture issues."

In 1987, Silverman helped establish the first human genome research center as a collaboration between the University of California, Berkeley, and the Department of Defense's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Silverman earned his PhD in parasitology and epidemiology from the University of Liverpool, UK, in 1955. Following research in Israel and Scotland, he started the...

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