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Sir John Sulston shares Nobel prize

14 October 2002
By BioNews
Appeared in BioNews 179

Sir John Sulston, a British geneticist, is one of three scientists who will share this year's Nobel Prize in medicine and physiology. The prize recognises the scientists' discoveries concerning 'genetic regulation of organ development and programmed cell death'. Dr Sulston will share the $1 million prize with another British scientist, Sydney Brenner, and US scientist Robert Horvitz.

After studying the primitive nematode worm, Dr Sulston, of Cambridge University, identified the first genetic mutation responsible for the cell death process. This cell death work has helped scientists understand the disease process in humans. It has also given further insights into cancer, where programmed cell death does not take place.

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British scientists share Nobel Prize
BBC News Online |  7 October 2002
Nobel prize for British and US scientists who used worms to decode the book of life
The Guardian |  8 October 2002
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