Three researchers, linkurl:Victor Ambros,;http://www.umassmed.edu/faculty/show.cfm?faculty=1266 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, linkurl:Gary Ruvkun,;http://www.hms.harvard.edu/dms/bbs/fac/ruvkun.html at Massachusetts General Hospital, and linkurl:David Baulcombe,;http://www.plantsci.cam.ac.uk/research/davidbaulcombe.html at the University of Cambridge in the UK, will share the 2008 Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research for their discovery of microRNAs, the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation linkurl:announced;http://www.laskerfoundation.org/awards/currentwinners.htm today (Saturday, September 13). Ambros and Ruvkun will receive the award for their work describing microRNAs in Caenorhabditis elegans. Baulcombe wins the award for his work in plants. The Lasker-Debakey Award for Clinical Medical Research will be given to Akira Endo, a researcher at Biopharm Research Laboratories in Tokyo for his discovery of LDL-cholesterol-lowering statins. And the biennial Lasker-Koshland Award for Special Achievement in Medical Science will be awarded to linkurl:Stanley Falkow,;http://cmgm.stanford.edu/micro/fac/falkow.html at Stanford University, for his work in microbes and host-pathogen interactions. "The 2008 Awards represent science at its best: intelligent, creative and dedicated research that touches...
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