Nobel Prize in Medicine shared by three U.S. genetic researchers: Scientific American

The 2009 Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded this morning in Stockholm to Elizabeth Blackburn, a professor of biology and physiology at the University of California, San Francisco, Carol Greider, a professor in the department of molecular biology and genetics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, and Jack Szostak, a professor of genetics at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase, the Prize committee announced in a press briefing.

Telomeres and the enzyme that creates them, telomerase, have had an important impact on the study of cancer, stem cells and aging.

A nature review published by the three Nobel laureates on telomeres and telomerase.

Telomeres, Telomerase and Cancer, an easier to understand article on Scientific American, by Greider and Blackburn, in 1996.