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NIH Grantee H. Robert Horvitz Wins Nobel Prize for Deciphering Cell Death Genes

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H. Robert Horvitz, PhD

On October 7, 2002, the Nobel Assembly of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, announced that H. Robert Horvitz, PhD, a long-time grantee of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), was a winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Dr. Horvitz, a professor in the Department of Biology at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, shares the prize with Sydney Brenner, DPhil, of The Molecular Sciences Institute in Berkeley, California, and John E. Sulston, PhD, of The Sanger Centre in Cambridge, United Kingdom. The three, who worked independently, are recognized for their discoveries concerning genetic regulation of organ development and programmed cell death.

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