London: A British researcher who won the 2012 Nobel Prize for Medicine was once dismissed by his school teacher about his ambition to become a scientist as "quite ridiculous", the Guardian reported Tuesday.Sir John Gurdon, 79, of Cambridge University, Monday shared the prize in physiology or medicine - and 744,000-pound cash - with Japanese scientist Shinya Yamanaka, 50.Their ground-breaking work has given scientists fresh insights into how cells and organisms develop.The research may pave the way for radical advances in medicine that allow damaged or diseased tissues to be regenerated in the lab, or even inside patients` bodies.According to his Eton schoolmaster, Gurdon, at an age of 15, did not stand out as a potential scientist.
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