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Nobel Laureate: For Inspiration, I Take to the Sky and Fly With Birds

Dr. Oliver Smithies, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and co-recipient of this year's Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, speaks at a press conference on the school's campus October 8, 2007 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Jeffrey A. Camarati/Getty Images)
Dr. Oliver Smithies, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and co-recipient of this year's Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, speaks at a press conference on the school's campus October 8, 2007 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Jeffrey A. Camarati/Getty Images)

Oliver Smithies won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2007 “for discoveries of principles for introducing specific gene modifications in mice by the...




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