The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation announced its awardees for its Basic Medical Research Award, Clinical Medical Research Award, and Public Service Award to four ground-breaking visionaries in biomedical science and one who changed the landscape of global public health.

The Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research went to three individuals who pioneered the use of mouse embryonic stem cells to create animal models for human disease. The winners, credited as creators of the knockout mouse, are Mario Capecchi, distinguished professor of human genetics and biology and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at the University of Utah, Martin Evans, head of Cardiff School of Biosciences and professor of mammalian genetics at Cardiff University, Wales, and Oliver Smithies, excellence professor in the department of pathology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

The collaboration between Smithies and the team of Capecchi and Evans in the late...

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