Nobel Prize 2012 for reprogramming to pluripotency

by Alexey Bersenev on October 8, 2012 · 2 comments

in embryonic/iPS, events

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As you know, John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka were awarded a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine today “for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent“. This is a great and honorable event for stem cell research community! We’re as a community feeling very happy today!

The Nobel Prize home page is filled by great information about today’s Prize. You can find a video announcement, press-release, audio-interviews with winners, background information and some fun things like that little poll.

A short interviews with a winners in the videos below:

Unlike the previous year, everybody agrees that the Prize is well deserved. But, because Nobel committee can select up to 3 winners, some folks were discussing about potential “missing” candidate for the third slot. @pknoepfler even offered a poll on his blog. I was especially enjoying by comments here.

Well, I think it was hard to choose exactly 3 heroes in this situation. But, based on Award’s title, only “nuclear reprogramming guys” can fit the bill. So, we should leave aside James Till and Irv Weissman. I think, they deserve a separate award – for groundbreaking research in hematopoietic stem cell biology. Jamie Thomson – maybe, but I don’t think he did as much pioneering work in nuclear reprogramming as our winners. I’d agree on Rudy Jaenisch and Ian Wilmut + Keith Campbell. But here I’m stuck – who should be third? I’m a bit in favor of Wilmut, but can we separate him from Campbell? I’m stuck. I think, Nobel committee was not able to choose for the same reason. Well, I would not criticize them for it. Let’s celebrate this Prize and be happy for such acknowledgment.

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david hardman October 9, 2012 at 9:20 am

“I’m a bit in favor of Wilmut, but can we separate him from Campbell?”

Please read:


Alexey Bersenev October 9, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Thank you for the link David! Very interesting.
I don’t think Wilmut ever claimed that he cloned the Dolly. He always gave a credit to Campbell, as far as I know.


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