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Anita Roberts

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Anita Bauer Roberts (April 3, 1942 – May 26, 2006) was an American molecular biologist who made pioneering observations of a protein, TGF-β, that is critical in healing wounds and bone fractures and that has a dual role in blocking or stimulating cancers. She is ranked as one of the top fifty most cited biological scientists in the world. Formative years Roberts was born on April 3, 1942 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she grew up. In 1964, she graduated with her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Oberlin College. She earned her PhD in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1968, working on retinoid metabolism under Hector DeLuca. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, a staff chemist at Aerospace Research Applications Center, and an instructor in chemistry at Indiana University Bloomington. Career In 1976, Roberts joined the National Cancer Institute, which is part of the National Institutes o
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