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Nobel winner remembers childhood in Pittsburgh

Oct. 23, 2021 03:09 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joshua Angrist suspects that his childhood in Shadyside in the 1960s and ’70s wasn’t like those of other people who have won the Nobel Prize. He rode his bike around the city at all hours, stopping home for dinner before heading out again with his...

WHO honors Henrietta Lacks, woman whose cells served science

Oct. 13, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The chief of the World Health Organization on Wednesday honored the late Henrietta Lacks, an American woman whose cancer cells were taken without her knowledge during the 1950s and ended up providing the foundation for vast scientific breakthroughs, including research about...

Nobel in chemistry honors 'greener' way to build molecules

Oct. 06, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two scientists won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for finding an ingenious and environmentally cleaner way to build molecules — an approach now used to make a variety of compounds, including medicines and pesticides. The work of Benjamin List...

NIH head Collins steps down, led fight against cancer, COVID

Oct. 05, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health for 12 years, said Tuesday he is stepping down, capping a career in which he directed crucial research into the human genome and the fight against serious diseases like cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes and...

2 win medicine Nobel for showing how we react to heat, touch

Oct. 04, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two scientists won the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for their discoveries into how the human body perceives temperature and touch, revelations that could lead to new ways of treating pain or even heart disease. Americans David Julius and Ardem...

Holocaust survivor, scholar awarded $815,000 Balzan Prize

Sep. 13, 2021 09:31 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — An Israeli-French-American Holocaust survivor and historian and a U.S. scientist specializing in gut bacteria were among the recipients this year’s Balzan Prizes, recognizing scholarly and scientific achievements, announced on Monday. Saul Friedlander,...