On the 50th anniversary of the establishment of its prestigious Albert Lasker Medical Research Awards, the New York-based Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation added a United States senator to the six biomedical researchers-including five immunologists recognized for the same research subject-it chose to honor for their contributions to the medical sciences and research.

The foundation's Public Service Award went to Sen. Mark Hatfield (R-Ore.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, for his commitment to advocating public funding for medical research. The five immunologists, who made key contributions to the understanding of the mechanisms of immune recognition by T cells, were selected as the recipients in the Basic Research category. They are:

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Peter Doherty, a professor in the departments of pediatrics and pathology at the University of Tennessee's Memphis College of Medicine;

Jack Strominger, a professor in the department of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard University;

Emil Unanue,...

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