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Dr. Paul Talalay, Johns Hopkins molecular pharmacologist who made broccoli famous as a cancer fighter, dies

Dr. Paul Talalay, Johns Hopkins molecular pharmacologist who made broccoli famous as a cancer fighter, dies

Dr. Paul Talalay, a noted molecular pharmacologist who headed a Johns Hopkins School of Medicine research team that isolated a chemical found in broccoli that helped boost its cancer-fighting abilities, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at his Roland Park Place home.

He was 95.

“He had a credible standing as a bona fide conventional scientist, and was a man of many skills,” said Dr. Theresa A. Shapiro, a professor in the division of clinical pharmacology and pharmacology and molecular sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, who first met Dr. Talalay when she was interviewed by him at Hopkins in 1972.

“Paul was my second intellectual father. He was a...

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