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Jerome Horwitz dies at 93; developed potent anti-AIDS drug AZT
The medical researcher put aside AZT in 1970 after it failed to deter cancer in mice. Many years later, scientists discovered that AZT slowed the development of AIDS.Jerome Horwitz, a medical researcher at Wayne State University in Detroit, had spent more than a decade developing a drug he hoped would work against cancer. But the compound failed to help the lab mice he tested it on, so in 1970 he "dumped it on the junk pile," wrote up his disappointing findings and moved on. He didn't bother applying for a patent.
Source: L.A. Times
Thursday, Sep 27, 2012, 7:46am