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Three isn't the magic number

Nature Medicine volume 19, page 807 (2013) | Download Citation

Most research prizes in biomedicine, from the Nobels to the Laskers, are restricted to three recipients. But in an age of big science, when much larger teams are generally needed to make important research discoveries, all the people who provide seminal contributions deserve to be awarded.

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  1. Michael Houghton holds the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Virology at the University of Alberta and is a professor at the university's Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology and Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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