Janet Rowley dies at 88; scientist pinpointed genetic cause of leukemia

December 19, 2013 9:56 PM

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Janet Rowley dies at 88; scientist pinpointed genetic cause of leukemia

Dr. Janet Rowley's research, which linked a chromosomal rearrangement to chronic myeloid leukemia, extended the lives of countless cancer patients. Her work at the University of Chicago earned her the National Medal of Science.

When Janet Rowley was accepted into the University of Chicago's medical school in 1944, the quota for women was already filled — three in a class of 65.

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