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Human Genome News, January 1998; 9:(1-2)

McKusick Receives Lasker Award

In recognition of his pioneering work in founding a new branch of medicine— medical genetics—Victor McKusick was honored as winner of the 1997 Albert Lasker Award for Special Achievement in Medical Science [http://www.laskerfoundation.org/awards/1997_s_description.htm]. His association of genes and phenotypes in MIM and its online version has led medical genetics to the mapping of tens of thousands of genes and to the Human Genome Project. In a lighthearted comment, McKusick attributed his research discoveries in part to his “chauvinistic, opportunistic, dilettante, and parochial” character.

Known as "America's Nobels," the Lasker Medical Research Awards for 50 years have celebrated the scientists, physicians, and public servants who have contributed to major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and cure of many of the great cripplers and killers of this century. Many consider the Lasker Awards, founded by advertising tycoon Albert Lasker and his wife Mary, to be the most significant biomedical science prizes in the United States.

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