Saturday, March 27, 2010

Finland 2010 Outstanding Woman Geneticist

This stamp is one of the 6 self-adhesive stamps found in a booklet issued on 8 March 2010 on the theme of "Outstanding Women" to commemorate International Women's Day. This one with the stylised DNA celebrates Leena Palotie (16 June 1952 - 11 March 2010). She is a Finnish geneticist who contributed to the identification of 15 genes for Finnish heritage diseases, including arterial hypertension, schizophrenia, lactose intolerance, arthrosis and multiple sclerosis.
She died on 11 March 2010 from bone cancer.

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