TOKYO -- Japan's Shinya Yamanaka may have won $1.2 million along with British researcher John Gurdon when the two were awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine earlier this month. Now he is getting a new washing machine.

Yamanaka, who leads research teams at UC San Francisco and at Kyoto University, joked that he was fixing his washing machine when he got the call informing him he had won the prize for his achievement in the induced pluripotent stem cell research, and since has not had time to finish the repairs.

On Friday, Japan's science minister, Makiko Tanaka, said she has presented Yamanaka a gift certificate signed by 16 of her colleagues, with each chipping in 10,000 yen ($126), so his family can choose a new washing machine.




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