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Czech chemist Antonin Holy dies at 75
Antonin Holy, Czech chemist who helped develop drugs against the virus causing AIDS dies at 75
By The Associated Press

PRAGUE (AP) Antonin Holy, a renowned Czech scientist whose research significantly contributed to the development of antiviral drugs, has died.

Prague's Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry where Holy has been working since 1960 says he died on Monday after battling an unspecified long-term disease. He was 75.

Holy, a research professor of nucleic acid chemistry, helped discover substances that are part of such drugs as Viread and Vistide, which are used for treatment of HIV-infected patients, and Hepsera for treatment of hepatitis B.

Holy was born Sept 1, 1936 in Prague and only retired a year ago.

His institute called his death Tuesday "an immense loss."

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