2012 Nobel Prize in Medicine

Shinya Yamanaka, MD, PhD, a senior investigator at Gladstone Institutes — which is affiliated with UCSF — has won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of how to transform ordinary adult skin cells into cells that, like embryonic stem cells, are capable of developing into any cell in the human body.

Learn more about his groundbreaking work and UCSF's history in Nobel-winning discoveries in the stories below.

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Stem Cell Milestones
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2012 Nobel Prize Media Coverage
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Stem Cell Science Q & A
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Shinya Yamanaka

Road to the Nobel Prize
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Elizabeth Blackburn

UCSF Nobel Prize Winners
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