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François Gros, the discoverer of messenger RNA has died

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He had been on all the adventures. Biologist François Gros died on February 18 at the age of 96. The man of science is at the origin of a discovery which allowed the recent development of the vaccine against Covid-19. In fact, he participated in the discovery of messenger RNAhe had also held the position of perpetual secretary of the Academy of Sciences for almost ten years between 1991 and 2000.

“The work of François Gros was decisive in the discovery of messenger RNA. An eminent specialist in molecular biology, he paved the way for the development of vaccines against Covid-19. His legacy is an immense hope for humanity” , paid tribute to the Minister of Higher Education and Research, Frédérique Vidal, on her Twitter account when the death was announced. He had not left the political class indifferent since he had also advised Pierre Mauroy then Laurent Fabius in the early 1980s. to develop the vaccine against Covid-19.

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“A precious help”

With Agence France Presse (AFP), several personalities paid tribute to Francois Gros. Like Jean-Pierre Chevènement who says that the biologist “had provided him with valuable assistance in the organization of major conferences on Research and in the development of the law of orientation and programming of Research of 1982 ” Before concluding: “I bow to this great scholar who was also a humanist”.

The famous biologist was born on April 24, 1925 into a “non-practicing Israelite” family. In 2003, he published his scientific memoirs Half a century of biology. In this work, he tells in particular that he had withdrawn to Toulouse during the Second World War and changed names regularly to avoid denunciation.

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