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U's Distinguished Professor Mario Capecchi Wins Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine

Oct 7, 2007 6:00 PM

Mario R. Capecchi, Ph.D., distinguished professor of human genetics and biology at the University of Utah's Eccles Institute of Human Genetics and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, has won the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

The announcement was made Monday, Oct. 8 by the Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute, in Stockholm, Sweden. The prize recognizes Capecchi's pioneering development of "knockout mice" technology, a gene-targeting technique that has revolutionized the study of mammalian biology and allowed the creation of animal models for hundreds of human diseases, including the modeling of cancers in the mouse.

"This is a tremendous honor for our University, for our Department of Human Genetics, and, specifically, for all the members of my laboratory, past and present who have contributed to this work," said Capecchi upon receiving notification of the Nobel Prize early this morning. "The strong support and genuine interest of the University and Salt Lake City communities have been marvelous."

Read more at the Capecchi Web site and in the special edition of Pulse, A Nobel Victory.

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