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In Memoriam: Lois Swirsky Gold (1941-2012)

Lois Swirsky Gold, long-time member of the Life Sciences Division and director of the Carcinogenic Potency Project, and a self-taught world authority on toxic and carcinogenic chemicals, died May 16 at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, after a brief battle with cancer. She was 70. Gold, whose academic background was in political science, teamed up with UC Berkeley biochemist Bruce Ames in 1978 to set up a publicly accessible database of the world’s animal cancer tests, with a special emphasis on rats and mice. This database, maintained by the CPP, is used today by every regulatory agency in the world. More>