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Geneticist and essayist Axel Kahn died at the age of 76 after battling cancer, the League Against Cancer, whose presidency he had recently left because of his illness, said on Tuesday.
Geneticist and essayist Axel Kahn died at the age of 76 after battling cancer, the Cancer League announced Tuesday (July 6), from which he had recently left the presidency because of his illness.
“It is with sadness and emotion that the League against cancer has just learned of the death of Axel Kahn,” the association said on Twitter.
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Born in 1944, Axel Kahn, doctor of medicine and doctor of science, specialist in molecular genetics, spent a large part of his career at the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) and was chairman of Paris-Descartes University.
Engaged in the Communist Party during the 1970s and then briefly in the Socialist Party, he was a member of the National Consultative Ethics Committee and president of the National League against Cancer from 2019, a post he left on 1er June due to a sudden worsening of his illness.
It is with sadness and emotion that the League against cancer has just learned of the death of Axel Kahn.
– the League against cancer (@laliguecancer) July 6, 2021
Axel Kahn wrote last May on his blog that he felt “total serenity” in the face of the prospect of death. “In fact, I do not feel any anxiety. Neither hope – I still do not make the assumption of the good Lord – nor anguish. A certain relief rather,” he said.
In another blog post, the professor indicated that his state of health had “very quickly deteriorated at the beginning of April 2021”. And he explained: “A second very aggressive form of cancer is attacking me, its progression is rapid, it has all the chances of being victorious in the relatively short term.”
Axel Kahn added about his final weeks to come: “It is possible to ‘be human, fully’, to the end of the road. Time is short, strive to make each of your steps a useful action. to what is worth for oneself, useful for the fought, is an exhilarating challenge. Interesting, I said, really. It is also a path that one walks alone, the solitary walk does not scare me. “