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A Golden Era of Nobel Laureates

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Science  23 Nov 2012:
Vol. 338, Issue 6110, pp. 1033-1034
DOI: 10.1126/science.1231699

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The award of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Robert Lefkowitz brings to nine the number of Nobel laureates who trained in research at the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) between 1964 and 1972—a remarkable outpouring over such a short period from a single biomedical institution (see the figure). Was there something particular about these recipients, the time, and the place that account for this unprecedented record?