Scientists honored for COVID-19 tracker, prenatal test

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A scientist who created a global COVID-19 tracker was among those honored for achievement in medical research Lauren Gardner a Johns Hopkins University engineer who studies the spread of diseases is the recipient of this year's lasker award for public service by the Albert and Mary lasker foundation which recognizes achievements in medical research Gardner worked with her lab team to develop a website that tracks COVID-19 as the virus began spreading worldwide in January of 2020 The dashboard became the key resource for the public and policymakers seeking information on global cases deaths and vaccines Other award winners include a biologist in Hong Kong who designed a prenatal blood test for pregnant mothers that can screen their unborn children for down syndrome and three scientists whose work on key immune proteins helped launch the field of integrin research I'm Jennifer King

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