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I was born on the 21st of September, 1935 in Moscow to a family of scientists. My mother, Nadezka Kagan, was a virologist. She worked on vaccines against encephalitis and died in November of 1938 after she became infected by the vaccine on which she was working. My father was a professor of microbiology in one of Moscow’s medical institutions. He participated in World War II working as an epidimeologist from 1941 through 1945. He married again in 1940, and my stepmother, E.N. Levkovich, was also a famous virologist.