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125 Years of Discovery

Helen Dean King

Helen Dean King

Helen Dean King, Ph.D., was The Wistar Institute’s first female scientist and the first female research professor in the country. She worked at Wistar from 1909 until 1950 and bred the Wistar rat, which was the first standardized lab animal. Today, more than half of all laboratory rats trace their genealogy to the Wistar rat.

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