Don’t overlook unexpected results, says Nobel Laureate Dr. Shinya Yamanaka


Have you ever spent weeks slaving away at the lab bench only to end up with results contradicting your hypothesis? You may have just made a Nobel Prize winning discovery, according to an expert. At the World Conference of Science Journalists held at Seoul last month, Dr. Shinya Yamanaka spoke about his journey as a scientist and how important it is to have an eye for detail in order to be a successful researcher.

Dr. Yamanaka’s claim to fame was the discovery that mature, adult cells could be reprogrammed into immature, unspecialized stem cells known as induced pluripotent cells. Induced pluripotent stem cells can differentiate into any other cell type and have tremendous therapeutic potential. He was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his groundbreaking work.

The inspiration for his work, he said, stemmed from a photograph of a mutant fruit fly that caught his attention…

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