The New York Times reports on the winners of this year's Lasker Awards, which are worth $250,000 each and will be presented October 1 by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation. The Jackson Laboratory's Douglas Coleman and Rockefeller University's Jeffrey Friedman are sharing the Lasker prize for basic research. Both are being honored for their discovery of the hormone leptin.

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