WASHINGTON — The Senate will recognize Nobel Prize winner Mario R. Capecchi's achievement through a resolution offered Thursday by Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

Capecchi, a University of Utah School of Medicine professor of human genetics and biology, won the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

He shares it with Sir Martin J. Evans, professor of mammalian genetics and director of the School of Biosciences at Cardiff University in Wales, and Oliver Smithies, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for their joint work in gene-targeting technology.

The Senate resolution "honors and recognizes the scientific work and achievements" of all the professors and congratulates them on their award.

"My congratulations to Professor Capecchi and his remarkable contributions to the scientific field and the University of Utah. Senator Hatch and I are pleased to offer this resolution ...," Bennett said in a statement.