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Which Came First, the Frog or the Egg?

Yamanaka, Gurdon Share 2012 Nobel Prize for Cell Reprogramming

By Anette Breindl
Science Editor

Monday, October 8, 2012
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Freshly minted Nobelist Shinya Yamanaka has a pretty humble explanation for his success: He wasn't any good as a surgeon.

"I started my career as a surgeon," he said. "But it turns out I am not talented as a surgeon. So I decided to change my career from the clinic to the laboratory. But I still feel I am a doctor. . . . I really want to help patients. So my goal all my life has been to bring . . . stem cell technologies into the clinic."

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