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People in the News: David Baulcombe

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The International Balzan Foundation has named University of Cambridge researcher and RNA silencing pioneer David Baulcombe a 2012 Balzan Prize winner.

Baulcombe was named a winner for his “fundamental contribution to the understanding of epigenetics and its role in cell and tissue development under normal and stressful conditions,” the foundation said.

The prize comes with a 750,000 Swiss franc ($790,000) award.

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