January 23, 2021

The Niche

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Poll: who should have shared in stem cell Nobel Prize in third slot?

The stem cell community is buzzing today with excitement about the Nobel Prizes deservedly awarded to Shinya Yamanaka and John Gurdon for their pioneering work on cellular reprogramming.

Shinya yamanaka, Nobel laureate
Shinya Yamanaka.

However, it is also just as worked up about the strange omission in this award of what could have been a third scientist awarded the prize for the same kind of work.

Why did the Nobel Committee only give 2 scientists this award when it could have been given to three scientists? Are there really no additional scientists out there working in the same area who were deserving?

I’ve compiled a list of most likely scientists, based on reader feedback today, who should have filled that third slot and put them into a poll above. Please vote who you think should have shared the Nobel Prize with Yamanaka and Gurdon.

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