Monday, September 14, 2009

Quick post: Gurdon and Yamanaka win Lasker

The 2009 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, honored John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka
for discoveries concerning nuclear reprogramming, the process that instructs specialized adult cells to form early stem cells — creating the potential to become any type of mature cell for experimental or therapeutic purposes.

More here (Lasker Foundation) and here (news coverage,

Here's a quote from the second link that's worth noting:

The awards include a cash prize of $250,000 for each category and often preview the Nobel Prize. In the 63-year history of the Lasker prizes, 76 winners also have won a Nobel.
[Images from Lasker Foundation]

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