Jerome Phillip Horwitz

January 16th

  • He was an American cancer researcher who first synthesized AZT (azidothymidine), in 1964, while seeking an effective drug to treat cancer.
  • For this application, it failed, and he pursued its development no further.
  • With colleagues, Horwitz had investigated AZT as one of a family of compounds he called dideoxythymidines which were “fraudulent” nucleosides (a component of DNA).

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