Stem Cell Scientist Receives Kyoto Prize

Stem Cell Scientist Receives Kyoto Prize

Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, an accomplished scientist and stem cell researcher at UCSF’s Gladstone Institutes has won Japan’s $550,000 Kyoto Prize. Dr. Yamanaka discovered a technique for transforming adult skin cells into “pluripotent” stem cells without resorting to human embryos. The Kyoto Prize is an international award that honors scientific, cultural and spiritual contributions to human knowledge.

His discovery resulted in a class of much-sought stem cells that scientists can induce to become virtually any other type of functioning human cell that one day might be used to treat varied diseases or injuries.

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