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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

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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