60 Years of Winged Victories for Biomedical Research

SEPT. 11, 2005
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Lasker Awards. Mary Lasker's establishment of two separate awards reflects her philosophy of medical research: major advances come from both the bench and the bedside.

The Helix and the Centerfold

SEPT. 10, 2003
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the chemical structure of DNA and the creation of a lung-heart machine that allowed open-heart surgeries. The year when these discoveries were made, however, the show was stolen by another event — the first issue of Playboy magazine featuring Marilyn Monroe on its cover.

Synergy and Symbiosis à la Matisse-Picasso

SEPT. 9, 2002
Advances in sciences and the arts often result from synergistic interactions and symbiotic relationships between pairs of individuals. An example of such interaction in the arts is the nature of the Matisse-Picasso relationship. This year's Lasker Awards honor individuals who illustrate such relationships in science.

Laskers for 2001: Knockout Mice and Test-Tube Babies

SEPT. 11, 2001
Conceptual advances in the biomedical sciences are crucially dependent on technological innovation. The 2001 Lasker awards celebrate the development of two technologies — one that has allowed the manipulation of the mouse genome with exquisite precision and a second one that has made in vitro fertilization (IVF) possible.

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