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Two scientists share 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

10-08-2012 18:11 BJT

STOCKHOLM, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- Two scientists shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, announced the Nobel Assembly at Swedish Karolinska Institute in Stockholm on Monday.

Scientists John Gurden (L) and Shinya Yamanaka (R) are introduced in Stockholm, capital of
Sweden, on Oct. 8, 2012. Scientists John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka shared the 2012
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, announced the Nobel Assembly at Swedish Karolinska
Institute in Stockholm on Monday. (Xinhua/Liu Yinan)

"The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has today decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2012 jointly to John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent," said Goran Hansson, Director of the Nobel Assembly at Swedish Karolinska Institute.

"Their findings have revolutionized our understanding of how cells and organisms develop," the assembly said in a statement.

The winners of the physics prize will be announced on Tuesday, to be followed by those for chemistry on Wednesday, literature on Thursday, peace on Friday and economics next Monday.

The annual Nobel Prizes are usually announced in October and are handed out on Dec. 10, the anniversary of the 1896 death of Alfred Nobel, a Swedish industrialist and the inventor of dynamite.

The prizes have been awarded since 1901. A number of 853 persons or organizations have won Nobel prizes from 1901 to 2011 and 199 persons have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: Xinhua

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