b. February 8, 1869 d. September 7, 1954
Year(s) nominated: 1923 by Albert Soiland
- One of the first scientists to suggest that cancer can be an inherited disease
- Developed new procedures for the care and breeding of lab mice
- Published two volumes of poetry
When Maud Slye began her work on the pathology of cancer, very few scientists believed that cancer was a genetic disease. Most experts thought that human cancers were either caused by viruses-like The Rous Sarcoma Virus, which had recently been implicated as the cause behind tumors in chickens, or a side-effect of rapid industrialization.