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Ralph Steinman Wins Posthumous Nobel

As a result of some unusual timing, the Nobel Prize for Medicine has been awarded posthumously to scientist Ralph M. Steinman. Steinman, a Canadian-born researcher who worked at Rockefeller University, died of pancreatic cancer on September 30, but word of his passing did not reach the Nobel Committee in Sweden before it announced the award today. The Nobel Committee does not grant posthumous awards.

Nobel secretary general Goran Hansson called this a “unique situation, because he died hours before the decision was made.” The panel will have to decide what to do with the prize money that would have gone to Steinman, but it will not name a substitute winner.

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