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Daniel Carleton Gajdusek
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    (September 9, 1923-December 12, 2008)
    Born in Yonkers, New York
    Headed the brain studies lab at the National Institute of Neurological Disease (1970-97)
    Studied kuru, a disease caused by prions (a class of proteins also responsible for mad cow disease, scrapie in sheep and goats, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans)
    Co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Medicine (1976)
    Last name pronounced 'Guy-dah-shek'
    His claim that kuru was spread by cannibalism among the Fore tribe of New Guinea was disputed by some anthropologists.
    He pled guilty to molesting one of the boys he had adopted from New Guinea (1997).
    He complained that American laws were prudish, noting that sex with teenaged boys was normal in ancient Greece.
    He spent his winters in Tromso, a Norwegian town located above the Arctic Circle, saying he could get more work done with the dark and the isolation.
    One of his graduate students wrote that his brain 'worked faster and at a higher level than anyone's I've ever met.'
    Kurt Vonnegut said he got the idea for Ice-9 -- a crystal that 'teaches' water to harden into ice, freezing the world -- from kuru.
    He used his Nobel Prize money to set up a trust fund for the education of his adopted children.

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