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NAS Award in Chemical Sciences, supported by The Merck Company Foundation, carrying a medal and prize of $15,000, is awarded annually for innovative research in the chemical sciences that contributes to the better understanding of the natural sciences and to the benefit of humanity. The 2006 awardee is goes to Samuel J. Danishefsky, Eugene W. Kettering Chair and director, laboratory for bioorganic chemistry, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; and professor of chemistry, Columbia University, New York City. Danishefsky was chosen "for his wide-ranging accomplishments in natural products total synthesis and for his pioneering chemical synthesis of carbohydrates for the development of anticancer vaccines."

NAS Award for Initiatives in Research, established by AT&T Bell Laboratories and supported by Lucent Technologies, carrying a prize of $15,000 awarded annually to recognize innovative young scientists and research with potential for new capabilities for human benefit (condensed matter/material science in 2006) – is awarded to David Goldhaber-Gordon, deputy director of the NSF-Stanford-IBM Center for Probing the Nanoscale and assistant professor of physics, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif. Goldhaber-Gordon was chosen "for his fundamental studies of electron correlations in mesoscopic structures."

NAS Award in Molecular Biology, an annual award carrying a medal and a prize of $ 25,000. for a recent notable discovery in molecular biology by a young scientist – goes to Ronald R. Breaker, of Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Henry Ford II Professor, department of molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.; and to Tina M. Henkin, professor, department of microbiology, Ohio State University, Columbus. Breaker and Henkin were chosen "for establishing a new mode of regulation of gene expression in which metabolites regulate the activity of their cognate pathways
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