The University of Wisconsin-Madison announced this week that James Thomson, the John D. MacArthur Professor of Anatomy at UW-Madison, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
Thomson is among 72 new fellows admitted to the 145-year-old academy this year.
In 1998, Thomson became the first scientist to isolate and culture human embryonic stem cells. Last year, he and UW-Madison scientist Junying Yu reported that they had genetically reprogrammed human skin cells to create cells indistinguishable from ES cells.
Thomson joined UW-Madison in 1994, and was appointed director of regenerative biology at the UW-Madison-based Morgridge Institute for Research earlier this year.