Gurdon and Yamanaka realized "brave experiments" that challenged the opinion of the scientific community, said Doug Melton, co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. "Their work has shown ... that although cells can be specialized to do something, they have the potential to do something different," said Melton. And this "really provides the basis for all the emotions for stem cell biology." Another Harvard stem cell researcher, Dr. George Daley said, "I do not think anyone is surprised" by the announcement of the Award, " The fact that these two scientists share the Award together is truly inspirational !
"In announcing the $ 1.2 million prize, the Nobel Committee at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm said the work has" revolutionized our understanding of how cells and organisms develop. "Gurdon demonstrated in 1962 that DNA from specialized tadpole cells, such as skin or intestinal cells, could be used to clone more tadpoles.In 1997, the same process led to the cloning of the Dolly sheep, showing how it would be possible working also in mammals, Gurdon told journalists in London that at the time of his discovery, she had no clear therapeutic benefit at all.