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Pioneering AIDS researcher Lange was a star with a passion to help
Pioneering AIDS researcher Lange was a star with a passion to help

He wouldn’t be the only victim they knew, but he was probably the one they knew best. Friends and colleagues of Joep Lange, who died Thursday on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, remembered the prominent researcher as a straight-talking and well-liked figure in the field, who managed to combine a love for scientific rigor with a passion for helping people. “He was a great scientist who cared deeply about doing something about HIV all over the world — a nice, nice man,” Thomas Coates, director of the UCLA Program in Global Health, told the Los Angeles Times. Lange, 59, had been traveling from his home in the Netherlands to the 20th International AIDS conference...

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