The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2012

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2012

2012年の「生理学または医学におけるノーベル賞」は、山中伸弥氏とSir John B. Gurdon氏に贈られることが決まりました。授賞理由は、”for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent(成熟細胞が多能性をもつように再プログラムできることの発見)”です。


I was indeed a graduate student when the major result was obtained. That’s absolutely right, and that was in 1958 and then I took a post-doc job in California, working in a completely unrelated field. So I left my frogs, which I had grown, with my supervisor who had moved to Geneva and he and a technician grew them up. So by 1962, they were adults and one could publish a paper to say that these animals, derived from nuclear transfer, really were absolutely normal. So it took a little time to get through.


Gurdon, J. B. (1962). “The developmental capacity of nuclei taken from intestinal epithelium cells of feeding tadpoles”. Journal of embryology and experimental morphology 10: 622–640.



山中伸弥氏にノーベル賞 神戸大同級生らも称賛


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