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NEW YORK (Kyodo) Researcher Shinya Yamanaka formally received the 2009 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for discoveries concerning nuclear reprogramming and stem cells at a ceremony Friday in New York.

Yamanaka, a Kyoto University professor, said in a speech at the ceremony that he wants to receive the prize on behalf of “many scientists” as his success in developing induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells, is based on their past achievements in the field of nuclear reprogramming.

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