Nobel for physiology or medicine

The Niche: Nobel prize recipient needed embryonic stem cells to make knockout mice.

The Nobel prize has been awarded to three scientists who created the techniques for “knockout mice”, Sir Martin Evans at Cardiff University, Oliver Smithies, from the University of North Carolina, and Mario Capecchi, from the University of Utah for "principles for introducing specific gene modifications in mice by the use of embryonic stem cells".

Here is the take from The Great Beyond, the recently relaunched Nature newsblog – with links to an essay by one of the recipients, on receiving the Laskar award for the same discovery back in 2001. And here is the Nobel press release.

2 thoughts on “Nobel for physiology or medicine

  1. The newspaper that pays my salary has an interesting feature story on Capecchi’s ties to Pennsylvania. These local-connections stories usually make me wince with their parocialism, but this one has substance and even a bit of emotional punch. You’ll find it here:
    Detectives Beyond Borders
    “Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home”

  2. I agree, a good read — at Nature we’d focus on the science, so it is nice to read a human interest story.

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