Oliver Smithies


Age: 91

genetics researcher who won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 2007 along with the University of Utah's Mario Capecchi and Sir Martin Evans of Cardiff University in the United Kingdom for developing a technique used to manipulate genes in mice (the advance enhanced genetic research to better understand cancer, obesity, heart disease, and other diseases), and whose lab at the University of North Carolina created the first animal model of cystic fibrosis in 1992.

Cause of Death: Brief illness

Born: June 23, 1925

Died: January 10, 2017

Chapel Hills, North Carolina