Nobel Prize-winning immunologist Jean Dausset, who also was involved in the mapping of the human genome, has died at the age of 92. A Frenchman, Dausset became director the Research Unit on Immunogenetics of Human Transplantation of the National Institutes of Health and Medical Research in 1968.
Janet Rowley, Blum-Riese Distinguished Service professor at the University of Chicago, will receive the 2009 Genetics Prize of The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation. She is being honored for her discoveries of recurrent chromosomal abnormalities in leukemias and lymphomas which have "revolutionized how cancer is understood and treated," according to a statement from the foundation.
The prize will be presented in Honolulu, Hawaii, on October 23 at the American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting.