Communication between cells is a carefully coordinated matter. In the brain, for example, neurons talk by firing signals at a particular tempo, each impulse subsiding before the next arises. Their pacing relies on the activity of SK channels, molecules embedded in neurons’ outer membranes. Toward the end of a signal,…...
For the first time, scientists have shown that a small cluster of cells in the human embryo dictates the fate of other embryonic cells. The discovery of this developmental “organizer” could advance research into many human diseases, and it suggests we have more in common with birds than meets the eye.
The Albert Lasker Award celebrates scientists, physicians, and public servants whose accomplishments have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and cure of many crippling and fatal diseases. The Lasker Award has come to be known as the "American Nobel" and is the most coveted award in medical science.
Since 1946, when the first Lasker Awards were presented, 22 recipients have been associated with The Rockefeller University.