A life-science research prize was proposed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization in 2008, but because of controversy over who the award was sponsored by and named after — Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo — it has remained in limbo until now, says Brian Owens at the Nature News blog.

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