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Philip Leder

Philip Leder
Born November 19, 1934
Washington, D.C.
Nationality American
Fields genetics
Alma mater Harvard University
Known for Nirenberg and Leder experiment
genetic code

Philip Leder (b. November 19, 1934) is an American geneticist. He was born in Washington, D.C. and studied at Harvard University, graduating in 1956. In 1960, he graduated from Harvard Medical School.

He is known for his early work with Marshall Nirenberg in the elucidation of the genetic code and the Nirenberg and Leder experiment. Since that landmark experiment, he has made many seminal contributions in the fields of molecular genetics, immunology and the genetic basis of cancer. In 1988, Leder and Timothy Stewart were granted the first patent on a genetically engineered animal. This animal, a mouse which had genes injected into its embryo to increase susceptibility to cancer, became known as the "oncomouse" and has been used in the laboratory study of cancer therapy.

Dr. Leder is a recipient of the Lasker Award and the National Medal of Science. He was the founding Chairman of the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School.


  • "The AAMC Award for Distinguished Research in the Biomedical Sciences. Philip Leder, M.D". Journal of medical education (UNITED STATES) 59 (2): 105–6. February 1984. ISSN 0022-2577. PMID 6363701.  

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