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Profs. Martin Chalfie of Columbia University and Roger Tsien of the University of California-San Diego will share the 2008 Nobel Prize in chemistry with Japanese researcher Osamu Shimomura, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Wednesday. The three were cited for their work on a glowing jellyfish protein that can act as a tracer in medical applications. Shimomura is on the staffs of both Boston University Medical School and the Woods Hole (Mass.) Oceanographic Institute.

As expected, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi of Mal-aysia announced a timetable for giving up his office, telling a news conference Wednesday that he'll step down next March. He vowed to devote the remaining six months of his term to cleaning up corruption. If he departs on schedule, his rule will be the shortest in the nation's history. Abdallah won a landslide victory in 2004 but led his party to its worst finish in an election last March.

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