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2012 medicine Nobel honors research on reprogramming adult cells

John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka share this year's prize

Two scientists who showed that a cell's fate is reversible have won the 2012 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. The Nobel committee announced October 8 that John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka are being honored for showing that cells once thought to be locked into a specific identity could remember and revert to the supremely flexible state they have in an early embryo.

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