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October 09, 2012

Nobel prize for Medicine to Briton and Japanese

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Researachers John Gurdon of Briton and Shinya Yamanaka of Japan won this year’s Nobel Prize in  Medicine on Yesterday (8th October 2012) for discovering that mature, specialized cells of the body can be reprogrammed into stem cells. The prize committee at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute said the discovery has “revolutionized our understanding of how cells and organisms develop.”

Prize committee member Juleen Zierath said that Gurdon and Yamanaka’s discoveries, which also earned them a Lasker award for basic research in 2009, could hold “immense potential” including in developing treatments for Parkinson’s disease and in making cells that produce insulin. However, she added that therapeutic implications are still far away.

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