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Lasker Awards Given for Work in Genetics, Anesthesia and Promoting Women in Science
The New York Times

The Lasker Awards, which are among the nation’s most prestigious prizes in medicine, were awarded on Tuesday to a Scottish veterinarian who developed the drug propofol, two scientists who discovered the hidden influence of genetic packing material called histones and a researcher who in addition to doing groundbreaking work in RNA biology, paved the way for a new generation of female scientists.

The awards are given by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation and carry a prize of $250,000 for each of three categories. They are sometimes called the “American Nobels” because 87 of the Lasker recipients have gone on to win the Nobel Prize.