Biological research was a late vocation for François Jacob, who entered the laboratory of Andrè Lwoff at the Institut Pasteur in Paris at the age of 30. Ten years before, in 1940, he had abruptly left France, after the German troops entered Paris, and joined the Free French Forces organized by de Gaulle in London. He served as a medic in battles against the German troops in Africa, and was severely wounded in Normandy in August 1944. He could no longer be a surgeon as he had expected, and his return to a civilian life was difficult.
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