2 scientists given Nobel Prize for stem cell work
Japanese, British researchers get $1.2m award
Two scientists from different generations won the Nobel Prize in medicine Monday for the groundbreaking discovery that cells in the body can be reprogrammed to become completely different kinds, potentially opening the door to growing customized tissues. The work of British researcher John Gurdon and Japanese scientist Shinya Yamanaka has raised hopes of developing transplant tissue to treat diseases like Parkinson’s and diabetes. And it has spurred studies into other diseases, including schizophrenia, that may lead to new treatments.