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Daniel Carleton Gajdusek (born 1923), US physician, medical researcher and Nobel laureate. His parents were immigrants from Slovakia and Hungary. Gajdusek shared the 1976 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine with Baruch S. Blumberg. The share of the Nobel was awarded for Gajdusek's work on the origin and dissemination of infectious diseases, in particular for his discovery of the cause of the prion disease kuru.
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