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2021 basic winners

Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award

Karl Deisseroth, Peter Hegemann, and Dieter Oesterhelt are honored for discoveries concerning light-sensitive microbial proteins and the development of optogenetics.

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2021 clinical winners

Lasker~DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award

Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman are recognized for the discovery of a new therapeutic technology based on the modification of messenger RNA.

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2021 special winner

Lasker~Koshland Special Achievement Award

David Baltimore is honored for the breadth and beauty of his discoveries in virology, immunology, and cancer; for his academic leadership; for his mentorship of prominent scientists; and for his public advocacy for science.

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The 2021 Lasker Award videos

Learn about the 2021 Lasker Laureates and their work.

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