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Dr. Leon Jacobs, NIMH official

Dr. Leon Jacobs, an expert on parasitic disease and former director of the center at the National Institutes of Health that works with foreign scientists, died of cancer Tuesday in Washington, D.C. He was 80.

He worked at the institutes for 41 years and was known for his research on blindness caused by toxoplasmosis, a parasitic disease.

At various times he was chief of the laboratory of parasitic diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, scientific director of biological sciences at the health institutes and associate director for collaborative research.

L He retired as director of the Fogarty International Center.

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