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Christian de Duve, Belgian scientist awarded Nobel, dies at 95

Dr. de Duve helped unravel the biology of genetic diseases in which a shortage of enzymes eventually destroys cells.
Dr. de Duve helped unravel the biology of genetic diseases in which a shortage of enzymes eventually destroys cells.Meyer Liebowitz/New York Times/file 1974

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BRUSSELS — A Belgian university says that biochemist Christian de Duve, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in 1974, has died in an act of euthanasia. He was 95.

His university, UCL in Louvain-la-Neuve, confirmed it was a case of euthanasia but did not disclose the method.

Dr. de Duve shared the Nobel Prize with two other scientists for their work and discoveries on the structural and functional organization of the cell.

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