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Hutchinson Center Director Wins 'America's Nobel'

Hartwell receives nation's most distinguished honor for basic research

Lee Hartwell, Ph.D., president and director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, has been named a winner of the 1998 Albert Lasker Medical Research Awards. The nation's most distinguished honor for outstanding contributions to basic and clinical medical research, the Lasker Awards will be presented Friday, Sept. 25 at a luncheon in New York City. Seven researchers will be honored.

Hartwell, also a professor in the Department of Genetics at the University of Washington College of Arts and Sciences, where much of his groundbreaking research was conducted, is one of three scientists to share this year's Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Prize. The researchers are being honored for the discovery of the universal mechanism that controls cell division in all eukaryotic (nucleated) organisms, from yeasts to frogs to humans. The process of cell regulation -- how cells determine when and how to multiply or otherwise develop, and how that process can go awry -- is fundamental to understanding how cancer cells mutate and to developing approaches that predict, prevent or reverse that mutation.

The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation since 1946 has distributed more than 300 awards, often called "America's Nobels," as 59 Lasker recipients have received the Nobel Prize.

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CONTACT: Kristen Woodward
(206) 667-5095

Sept. 21, 1998

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