SANTA CLARA VALLEY, CA – A biochemist at the University of California, San Francisco won a Revelation Award for Life Sciences and received $ 3 million at the Sunday night ceremony at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View. The Breakthrough Awards are awarded in mathematics, physics and life sciences and were founded by Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, and his wife Anne Wojcicki, CEO of 23andMe, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan. The prizes aim to promote the advancement of science.
Peter Walter, 62, a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at UCSF, won the award for his research into a biological mechanism that normally protects cells but can cause disease if it does not work properly. The research could help doctors kill cancer cells one day, according to Kyoto University biophysics professor Kazutoshi Mori, who shared the discovery with Walter and also won a Grand Prize in Life Sciences and $ 3 million. .
Walter and the other laureates were due to speak on Monday at the Breakthrough Award Symposium at Stanford University. The symposium can be seen live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BreakthroughPrize.
By Bay City News Service
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