Jeremy Nathans receives 2020 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science

Jeremy Nathans

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Jeremy Nathans, a professor of molecular biology and genetics, of neuroscience, and of ophthalmology, received the 2020 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science for his groundbreaking research on the genetics of the visual system, including the identification of key genes involved in eye development, eye diseases, and color vision. The medal is awarded to visionary scientists whose achievements have made a positive impact on the future.

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