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UC faculty receive Nobel prizes

Researchers from UCSF and UCLA are among the 2012 recipients of the Nobel Prize. Shinya Yamanaka, M.D., Ph.D., shares the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine; Lloyd Shapley shares the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.

Yamanaka, a senior investigator at the UCSF-affiliated Gladstone Institutes, was honored for his discovery of how to transform ordinary adult skin cells into cells that, like embryonic stem cells, are capable of developing into any cell in the human body.

Shapley, professor emeritus of economics and mathematics at UCLA, was honored for his work on the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design.

The University of California now has had 59 researchers honored with 60 Nobel prizes.