American scientist Jerome Horwitz is born

American scientist Jerome Horwitz is born

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Horwitz synthesized a compound that was to become known as zidovudine, an antiviral drug used to treat HIV patients. Zidovudine was initially developed as a treatment for cancer. Horwitz was also first to synthesize stavudine and zalcitabine - two other reverse transcriptase inhibitors used in the treatment of HIV patients.

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