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Sabin Vaccine Institute Honors DNA Scientist James Watson

The Sabin Vaccine Institute honored Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Chancellor James D. Watson, Ph.D., with the Sabin Humanitarian Award at their Salute to Life Saving Discoveries benefit dinner, hosted by CBS Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer, at The Pierre Hotel in New York City on May 12, 2004. Sabin also honored Chiron Corporation, a global pharmaceutical company with a strategic focus on cancer and infectious diseases, with the Global Corporate Philanthropy Award.

James D. Watson is renowned for his discovery of the structure of DNA, for which he shared with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins the 1962 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine. In 1968, Dr. Watson become Director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and today he serves as its Chancellor.

The awards program is a yearly tradition for the Institute and extols the contributions made by scientists, philanthropists, and humanitarians who share in some aspect of the goals of advancing vaccine science for the benefit of humanity. The Albert B. Sabin Vaccine Institute’s mission is to prevent disease by advancing development of new vaccines and increasing immunization rates. Founded in 1993, the Institute pursues Albert Sabin’s vision of a world protect from disease by vaccines.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is a private, non-profit basic research institution. Under the leadership of Dr. Bruce Stillman, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society (London), more than 330 scientists conduct groundbreaking research in cancer, neurobiology, plant genetics and bioinformatics at the Laboratory.  For additional information, call (516) 367-8455, or visit
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