Sydney Brenner has received the 2005 UCSD/Merck Life Sciences Achievement Award, the University of California San Diego said last week. He is a distinguished professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and a recipient of the 2002 Nobel Prize in medicine, as well as an adjunct professor of biology at UCSD. He received the $25,000 award at a dinner at UCSD on April 1. Brenner was awarded the Nobel Prize for discoveries about how genes regulate organ growth and the process of programmed cell death. He also proved C.