Often those that oppose national health care schemes like to claim that innovation and research suffer under the budgetting schemes of countries like Canada and the UK, but this year’s Lasker Medical Awards, “widely considered the United States’ most prestigious medical prizes,” went to two British and two Canadian researchers:
The research award for stem cell work is going to Drs. Ernest A. McCulloch and James E. Till, emeritus professors at the University of Toronto and the Ontario Cancer Institute.
Sir Edwin Southern of the University of Oxford and Sir Alec J. Jeffreys of the University of Leicester in England received the Lasker Award for developing two powerful technologies, Southern blotting and DNA fingerprinting, that, the foundation said, “together revolutionized human genetics and forensic diagnostics.”
The initial CT and MRI scanner creation also partially came out of Britain as well.
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