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December 13, 1985

Nobelists take genetics from bench to bedside

JAMA. 1985;254(22):3161. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360220023004

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"I can think of no other work in modern medical research—carried out by only two persons—that has been as productive as the achievements of Brown and Goldstein," said Arno Motulsky, MD, director, Center for Inherited Diseases, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle. Motulsky was performing what has become a ritual at medical research meetings—the presentation of an award to Michael Brown, MD, and Joseph Goldstein, MD, professors of genetics at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Dallas (JAMA [MEDICAL NEWS] 1985;254:2872).

The two were receiving the American Society of Human Genetics' highest honor, the William Allan Award, at the organization's annual meeting in Salt Lake City. Three days later they would learn that they would receive the 1985 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine (in Stockholm this week, on Dec 10). These citations are being added to a spate of others, including the prestigious Lasker award for