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Venezuelan leprosy expert Jacinto Convit dies at 100

CARACAS--Venezuelan scientist and doctor Jacinto Convit, renowned for developing a vaccine against leprosy, died on Monday in Caracas at the age of 100, his family said.

Convit won many international honors, including Spain's Prince of Asturias Award and France's Legion of Honor, and was tipped for the 1988 Nobel Prize for Medicine, although he did not win.

Born in 1913, Convit also made significant contributions to a better understanding of infectious and parasitic diseases such as Leishmaniasis and Chagas.

In the past 15 years, he devoted much of his time looking for a cure for cancer.

“This disease prevents me from sleeping,” he confided in 2013.

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