Medicine: Pioneers of the Supergene

A trio of top immunologists wins the Nobel

The rumor in Stockholm a year ago was that the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine would go to a trio of scientists for basic research in how the body defends itself against external agents and maintains its internal wellbeing. The prediction proved wrong—but only by twelve months. Last week Sweden's Karolinska Institute announced that the 1980 award, worth $212,000, will be shared by three pioneering immunologists: Jean Dausset of France and two Americans, George Snell and Baruj Benacerraf.

The three, working independently, have been studying a...

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