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Leukemia, stem cell scientists, N.Y. mayor get Lasker Awards

Sir John Gurdon

One of the most prestigious prizes in medicine is being awarded this year to scientists working on stem cells and leukemia — and to New York‘s mayor for his fight to cut tobacco use (…)

The Lasker Basic Medical Research Award goes to John Gurdon, 76, of Cambridge University and Shinya Yamanaka, 47, of Kyoto University and San Francisco‘s Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease. Their work has helped pave the way for the possibility of made-to-order stem cell treatments for individual patients

Gurdon began working with frog eggs in the 1950s and was the first to successfully clone
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Vatican prepares for adult stem cell talks

THE Vatican will organise a conference to promote adult stem cell research as an alternative to research using destroyed human embryos, which is considered by the Roman Catholic Church as deeply unethical and less effective.

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture, at a briefing on Tuesday said several leading world scientists would attend on Thursday including Britain’s John Gurdon, winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine last year.

Ravasi said the upcoming meeting showed the Church did “not intervene only negatively” in the debate on stem cell research and its commitment to finding cures was not
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