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Medical News & Perspectives
April 21, 2010

Albany Prize Honors Genome Decoders

JAMA. 2010;303(15):1468-1469. doi:10.1001/jama.303.15.1468

Three scientists whose vision, expertise, and determination led to the construction of a detailed map of the human genome, enabling scientists to address some of the greatest questions in biology, have been awarded the 2010 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research, the largest award for medicine in the United States.

The $500 000 prize will be awarded on April 23 to David Botstein, PhD, director of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University in NJ; Eric Lander, PhD, president and director of the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Mass; and Francis Collins, MD, PhD, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md. Their work is being used to improve scientists' understanding of human genetics and genomics in health and disease, paving the way for the development of new diagnostics and individualized treatments.