linkurl:John Gurdon; of Cambridge University and linkurl:Shinya Yamanaka; of Kyoto University and the University of California, San Francisco, will share the 2009 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for their contributions to stem cell research -- specifically, for their work in reverting adult cells to an embryonic-like state, the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation announced today (September 14).
John Gurdon (top) and
Shinya Yamanaka (bottom)

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A trio of researchers, Brian J. Druker of Oregon Health & Science University, Nicholas B. Lydon, formerly of Novartis, and Charles L. Sawyers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, will receive this year's Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award for the development of imatinib (Gleevec), a tyrosine kinase inhibitor that stunts cell growth in chronic myelogenous leukemia and other cancers. The 2009 Mary Woodard Lasker Public Service Award will recognize New York mayor Michael Bloomberg for his policy decisions discouraging tobacco use and...
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