Nobel Foundation confirms prize to dead Canadian scientist

By KARL RITTER and LOUISE NORDSTROM, Associated Press

STOCKHOLM (AP) - The Nobel Foundation says the Nobel Prize in medicine awarded to a cell biologist will remain unchanged, even though he died three days before the announcement.

The foundation held an emergency meeting Monday to discuss how to proceed after learning that one of the medicine winners, Canadian-born Ralph Steinman, had died. The Nobel statutes don't allow posthumous awards.

However, the foundation ruled that the decision should stand, saying: "The Nobel Prize to Ralph Steinman was made in good faith, based on the assumption that the Nobel laureate was alive."

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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