THIS YEAR an even dozen basic and clinical scientists have received one of the two prestigious research awards whose presentation has become a rite of autumn. Winners of "Laskers" in the United States and "Gairdners" in Canada have been recognized for decades as leaders in medical science; the accomplishments of all have greatly advanced the frontiers of knowledge, and many have gone on to garner the Nobel Prize.
Three basic scientists and three clinical scientists were honored on September 25 in New York for pioneering research on cancer; their work has led to new insight into the genetic origins of the disease, pointed to the possibility of new diagnostic tests, and suggested novel therapeutic approaches for today and the future. The seventh award, for special medical research achievement, went to a biological chemist whose career has embraced research, institution building, and a commitment to the public as well as the scientific community.
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