Key gene work scoops Nobel Prize

Submitted by ram on Mon, 10/08/2007 - 3:40pm.

Two US scientists and their UK collaborator have been awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine for their groundbreaking work in gene technology.

Mario Capecchi, Oliver Smithies and Briton Martin Evans developed a technique known as gene targeting.

It enabled them to replicate human diseases in mice by introducing genetic changes into the animal's stem cells.

The Nobel Committee said this had led to many new insights into conditions such as cancer and heart disease.

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Submitted by ram on Mon, 10/08/2007 - 3:40pm.