NC Professor Wins Nobel Prize

A professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of three people to win this year's Nobel Prize in medicine.

Oliver Smithies was recognized today for developing a technology for manipulating genes in mice. The gene targeting process has been used to help study such diseases as cystic fibrosis, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Smithies told The Associated Press this morning that getting award is "very gratifying." He says it's "rather enjoyable" at being recognized after working on the research for more than 20 years.

The 82-year-old Smithies is an excellence professor at North Carolina's school of medicine and a member of the national Institute of Medicine.

He won the 2001 Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research,
often called "America's Nobel."