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Letters: Who’s the Nobel Prize winner now?

Re “Nobel Prize honors two stem cell research stars,” Oct. 9

To inspire high school students who perform wacky science experiments, your article on the awarding of a Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine to John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka should have included the following report from one of Gurdon’s high school teachers, as quoted by the BBC:

“I believe Gurdon has ideas about becoming a scientist; on his present showing this is quite ridiculous; if he can’t learn simple biological facts, he would have no chance of doing the work of a specialist, and it would be a sheer waste of time, both on his part and of those who would have to teach him.”

Tony Hays

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San Clemente

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