ROME (AP) - Renato Dulbecco, who shared the 1975 Nobel Prize in medicine for his seminal research on the interaction between tumors and cells, has died in California at age 97.|
Italy's National Research Council, where Dulbecco worked in the 1990s organizing the Italian Genome Project, announced his death Monday.
Dulbecco, born in Catanzaro, Italy, was a founding fellow of the La Jolla, California-based Salk Institute for Biological Studies, where he served as president and had been a distinguished professor.
According to Salk and the Nobel committee, Dulbecco's prize-winning research gave the first clue to the genetic nature of cancer, showing how a virus could insert its own genes into the chromosome of the cell it infects and spark cancer's characteristic uncontrolled growth.
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