Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Stem cell scientist trio wins Nobel medicine prize

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A trio of stem cell researchers has won the Nobel Prize for medicine according to Sweden's Karolinska's Institute.

The three researchers won the coveted prize for their collective work on gene changes in mice using embryonic cells, and they shared the $1.54 million prize as a result.

The discoveries made by the trio were said to have created the field of "gene targeting" -- meaning that certain genes were able to be turned off to allow scientists control and define roles of individual genes.

The Swedish Institute said that almost every aspect of mammal physiology can be studied by gene targeting -- which, taken as that, sounds quite revolutionary. We must be getting closer to the day when not only is the human genome mapped, but completely understood.

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