Editor's Note: This year's winners of the Albert Lasker Medical Research Awards were honored for their achievements at an Oct. 1 luncheon at the Hotel Pierre in New York. Three researchers were recognized for their work on ion channels, two for their development of a novel hypertension medication, and one for a lifetime of contributions to neuroscience. Following are three stories on the winners. More information is available on the Web at www.laskerfoundation.org.

Basic Award Recognizes Ion Channel Research

Two of this year's Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research awardees, Bertil Hille and Clay Armstrong, conceived of a remarkably simple model for the mechanisms governing the body's ion channels--pores in cells that facilitate all electrical signals--and therefore all thinking and movement. A third awardee, Roderick MacKinnon, confirmed and expanded on that model by using X-ray crystallography to supply a picture of the potassium channel.

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