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Former Penn professor and 1952 Penn Medicine grad who revolutionized cancer research has died

(01/23/17 6:38pm)

Nowell’s work helped identify genetics as a viable cause of cancer for the first time. His discovery fueled years of scientific research that eventually led to the creation of Gleevec — a drug that transformed chronic myeloid leukemia from a deathly disease to a chronic one that could be kept under control for a long time.