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Congratulations to the six Nobel Prize Winners 2012 in Natural Sciences

Published: 10.10.12

Sir John B. Gurdon, Serge Haroche, David J. Wineland, Robert J. Lefkowitz and Brian K. Kobilka

Sir John B. Gurdon (see photo) and Shinya Yamanaka "for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent"

Serge Haroche and David J. Wineland "for ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems"

Robert J. Lefkowitz and Brian K. Kobilka "for studies of G-protein-coupled receptors"

Leica Science Lab: Nobel Prize 2012 in Physiology or Medicine for Stem Cell Research

Leica Science Lab: Nobel Prize 2012 in Chemistry for Studies of G-Protein-Coupled Receptors


The Gurdon lab is primarily concerned with the study of nuclear reprogramming and generation of embryonic cells from adult tissue. "Our main model system for this fundamental research are the eggs and developing oocytes of the African claw-toed frog Xenopus laevis," says Dr. Richard Halley-Stott, co-worker of John Gurdon. "These eggs and oocytes are remarkable cells; not the least of because of their large size, which allows us to perform nuclear transfer with stereomicroscopes at relatively low magnification - as compared to the very high magnification required for mammalian nuclear transplantation. The use of these microscopes - such as this Leica stereomicroscope in my office - is central to a large portion of the laboratory's work." Photo: © Wellcome Trust