(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)
University of Utah's Mario R. Capecchi who in early childhood fought for survival on the streets of war-torn Italy and who's mother was imprisoned by the Nazis, was woken up this morning, October 8, 2007, at 3 am to get the news that he had won a share of the Nobel Prize in medicine. Capecchi, a world renowned geneticist, was celebrated at the Eccles Institute for Human Genetics building on the University of Utah campus after receiving the Nobel Prize Monday to honor a technique called gene targeting, which lets scientists inactivate or modify particular genes in mice. That in turn lets them study how those genes affect health and disease.
Honor » They join 21 others from U.
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Two scientists from the University of Utah have been named to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine: geneticist Mario R. Capecchi and Vivian S. Lee, dean of the medical school.
Capecchi and Lee are among 70 new U.S. members and 10 non-U.S. members elected in the class of 2015, the academy announced this week.
They join 21 others associated with the U. who are members of the academy.
U. President David W. Pershing, said both have made "significant impacts on the lives of people everywhere," according to a news release.
"Whether it's through research in the lab, or in the clinic and classroom, or by tackling health care reform through containing costs, they are truly among the leaders of modern medicine," he said.