DNA researcher James Watson Nobel medal returned repurchased Usmanov

In 2014, Watson decided to sell his Nobel medal to use most of the money, and some - to give various universities and scientific institutions for research funding

American biologist James Watson, Nobel laureate in 1962, discovered the DNA double helix, will hold a public lecture in the Great Hall of the Russian Academy of Sciences. During his visit to the RAS as a ceremony to return to Watson the Nobel medal, which bought at auction businessman Alisher Usmanov, the press service of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

During a meeting with the scientists and the transfer of the Nobel prizes will be attended by President Vladimir Fortov.

In 2014, Watson decided to sell his Nobel medal to use most of the money, and some - to give various universities and scientific institutions for research funding. In December 2014 at Christie’s auction medal was sold for 4.8 million dollars. I bought her a Russian businessman Usmanov, who announced his intention to return the award to the owner.

“It is unacceptable situation where an outstanding scientist is forced to sell the medal received in recognition of his achievements. James Watson - one of the greatest biologists in the history of mankind, and his reward for the discovery of the DNA structure should belong to him” - then said Usmanov.

James Watson won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962, together with colleagues Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins. The prize was awarded for the discovery of the spatial structure of DNA.

In recent years, he has been searching for effective treatments for cancer. Now science has a chance to defeat this terrible disease, scientists say.

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