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British scientists share Nobel Prize in Medicine

The Telegraph reports that "The Nobel prize for medicine is shared today by Mario Capecchi, Martin Evans and Oliver Smithies for their work on stem cells and genetic manipulation. . .Sir Martin's work has helped in studying cystic fibrosis and in testing the effects of gene therapy, where genes are transplanted to treat disease. Smithies also worked on gene targeting for cystic fibrosis and the blood disease thalassaemia as well as hypertension and atherosclerosis, the process that clogs arteries."

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Brits and Americans established genetic science in the 20th century.


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