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Stem cell pioneer in the buzz for Nobel Prize

- Associated Press - Sunday, October 3, 2010

STOCKHOLM (AP) - Experts say a Japanese researcher who discovered how to make stem cells from ordinary skin cells and so avoid the ethical quandaries of making them from human eggs could be a candidate for the medicine award when the 2010 Nobel Prize announcements start Monday.

Several Nobel watchers have pointed to Kyoto University Prof. Shinya Yamanaka as a potential winner of the 10 million Swedish kronor ($1.5 million) award.

The Nobel Prizes in physics, chemistry, literature and peace will be announced later in the week. The economics award is set for Oct. 11.

Experts say Yamanaka could share the award with Canada's Ernest McCulloch and James Till, for their early 1970s identification of stem cells, or with British cloning pioneer John Gurdon.

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