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R. Ellen Magenis

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R. Ellen Magenis (September 24, 1925 – February 4, 2014) was an American pediatrician, medical geneticist and cytogeneticist. She was born in Gary, Indiana and received her BA in zoology from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana in 1948 and her MD degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis in 1952. She took a number of years off to raise a large family of 6 children. She then returned to work in 1965–66 with Frederick Hecht in pediatrics and medical genetics at the University of Oregon Medical School, now called the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), in Portland where Magenis subsequently completed her residency training in Pediatrics and then did a postdoctoral fellowship in Medical Genetics. Magenis's first major research project involved a heritable fragile site on the long (q) arm of chromosome 16. She traced this 16q fragile site through a multigenerational family and, together with Hecht and Everett Lovrien, she linked the 16q fragile si
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