University of Massachusetts Medical School researcher Victor Ambros and Massachusetts General Hospital investigator Gary Ruvkun have received the 2012 Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research for their co-discovery of microRNAs.

Ambros' lab discovered the first miRNA, while Ruvkun's lab independently identified how these small, non-coding RNAs regulate their target mRNA, according to Johnson & Johnson, which sponsors the award.

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