Convergence lab member Steve Elledge wins the Lasker Award

Harvard geneticist Stephen Elledge started his scientific career trying to figure out how to tinker with the DNA of human cells. Instead, he ended up eavesdropping on the process cells use to fix genetic mistakes.

This accidental work led to profound insights into DNA repair relevant to human birth defects, cancer, and aging.

On Tuesday, Elledge, 59, received the highest American honor for a scientist. He will share the $250,000 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award with Evelyn Witkin, 94, of Rutgers University, who studied the DNA repair system in bacteria.

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