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NLM Consultants Honored

The White House has announced that Joshua Lederberg is one of ten recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civil award. The announcement is at http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/12/20061207-2.html

A Nobel prize winner, Dr. Lederberg is a professor at Rockefeller University and the Raymond and Beverley Sackler Scholar. He also heads the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics and Information. Dr. Lederberg was a member of the National Library of Medicine Board of Regents from 1998 to 2002 and the first chair of the PubMed Central National Advisory Committee. He is a strong supporter of the NLM and has given generously of his time as an advisor over the years.

Earlier this fall, it was announced that Andrew Z. Fire was a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 2006. He shared the prize with Craig C. Mello for their work in discovering a fundamental mechanism for controlling the flow of genetic information. The announcement is at http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/2006/press.html .

Dr. Fire, who is Professor of Pathology and Genetics at the Stanford University School of Medicine, is on the Board of Scientific Counselors of NLM's National Center for Biotechnology Information.

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