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NEWS OF THE WEEK
SCIENTIST MISSING
December 3, 2001
Volume 79, Number 49
CENEAR 79 49 p. 11
ISSN 0009-2347
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Harvard Biochemist Don C. Wiley Disappears In Memphis

SOPHIE WILKINSON

HARVARD UNIVERSITY/JOHN CHASE
Don C. Wiley, a biochemistry and biophysics professor at Harvard and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, has been missing since Nov. 16. Wiley, who is 57, was visiting Memphis to attend the annual meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Wiley's rental car was reportedly found with a full tank of gas and the key in the ignition on a bridge over the Mississippi River. Friends and family discount the possibility that he committed suicide.

The Memphis Police Department is investigating Wiley's disappearance as a missing persons case. A spokesman confirms that the department is piecing together Wiley's movements after leaving the hospital meeting but declined to discuss details.

Wiley's research concerns the structural biology of viruses--including Ebola and HIV--and the human immune system, so some press accounts have raised the admittedly unlikely possibility that the professor may have been kidnapped.

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