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UW professor wins prizes for cell research

Seattle Times staff: Seattle Times news services

SEATTLE - Lee Hartwell has been awarded two prizes this week for his years of research into the growth and division of cells.

The Leopold Griffuel Prize, awarded yesterday in Paris, rewards the accomplishments of the world's leading cancer researchers. Tomorrow in Beverly Hills, Calif., Hartwell will be awarded the Massry Prize, which recognizes scientists who have made outstanding contributions to biomedical sciences and the advancement of health.

Both the president and director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Hartwell is also a professor of genetics at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Hartwell focused his research on yeast and discovered many of the genes essential to its intricate step-by-step development.

He discovered important "checkpoint genes" that are responsible for correcting errors in DNA as cell division occurs. Learning when and how the cell cycle goes awry is the centerpiece of his work.

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