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Legendary Stephen Hawking to Turn 70 - Defies Disease | Care2 Causes

Legendary Stephen Hawking to Turn 70 - Defies Disease | Care2 Causes

FILE In this Thursday, April 26, 2007 file photo Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking is assisted off the tarmac at the Kennedy Space Center as he is applauded by members of the flight crew after completing a zero-gravity flight in Cape Canaveral, Fla. MARIA CHENG, by AP Medical Writer CAMBRIDGE, England (AP) — British scientist Stephen Hawking has decoded some of the most puzzling mysteries of the universe but he has left one mystery unsolved: How he has managed to survive so long with such a crippling disease. The physicist and cosmologist was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease when he was a 21-year-old student at Cambridge University. Most people die within a few years of the diagnosis, called motor neurone disease in the U.K. On Sunday, Hawking will turn 70. “I don’t know of anyone who’s survived this long,” said Ammar Al-Chalabi, director of the Motor Neurone Disease Care ...

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