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Yamanaka wins Finnish award for iPS work

LONDON (Jiji Press)--The Technology Academy Finland (TAF) announced that Kyoto University Prof. Shinya Yamanaka, 46, is one of two winners of its 2012 Millennium Technology Prize.

The pioneering scientist is the first person in the world to have developed induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells that can develop into tissue of any kind and could be used in regenerative medicine and treatment of intractable diseases.

The other laureate is Linus Torvalds, a 42-year-old Finn, who created a new open-source operating system for computers leading to the widely used Linux, the TAF said Thursday.

The combined prize money for Yamanaka and Torvalds will top 1 million euros, according to the institute, which is partly owned by the Finnish government. The awards ceremony will be in Helsinki on June 13.

(Apr. 21, 2012)
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