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Progress In Medicine Unites Recipients Of 1997 Lasker Awards

The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation honored three medical researchers at an awards luncheon on September 26 in New York. According to a foundation official, the 1997 award winners represent the distinct approaches and scientific perspectives that must combine in the fight against disease. Victor A. McKusick, a professor of genetics at Johns Hopkins University, was given the Special Achievement in Medical Science Award; Mark S. Ptashne, the Ludwig Professor of Molecular Biology at the Mem

Stephen Hoffert

Lasker Award The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation honored three medical researchers at an awards luncheon on September 26 in New York. According to a foundation official, the 1997 award winners represent the distinct approaches and scientific perspectives that must combine in the fight against disease.

  • Victor A. McKusick, a professor of genetics at Johns Hopkins University, was given the Special Achievement in Medical Science Award;

  • Mark S. Ptashne, the Ludwig Professor of Molecular Biology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, was presented with the foundation's Basic Medical Research Award; and

  • Alfred Sommer, dean of the Johns Hopkins College of Public Health and Hygiene, received the Clinical Research Award.

Each received $25,000 and a statuette of Nike of Samothrace, an international symbol of perseverance and triumph over adversity. The Lasker awards, known in some circles as the "American Nobels," are regarded as a leading predictor of...

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