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.

Advertisements