Ge­neti­cist won No­bel Prize

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - IN MEMORY -

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. >> Ge­net­ics re­searcher Oliver Smithies, who won the No­bel Prize for medicine in 2007, is dead at age 91.

The Univer­sity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill an­nounced Smithies’ death Wed­nes­day. Univer­sity spokes­woman MC VanGraafei­land said school of­fi­cials were told of his death Tues­day by his wife, Dr. Nobuyo Maeda.

Smithies won the No­bel Prize for de­vel­op­ing a tech­nique used to ma­nip­u­late genes in mice. The ad­vance en­hanced ge­netic re­search to bet­ter un­der­stand cancer, obe­sity, heart dis­eases and other dis­eases.

The univer­sity said Smithies’ lab cre­ated the first an­i­mal model of cys­tic fi­bro­sis in 1992.

Smithies shared his 2007 prize with the Univer­sity of Utah’s Mario Capec­chi and Sir Martin Evans of Cardiff Univer­sity in the United King­dom.

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