Three US Researchers Share Nobel Prize in Medicine
Three American were awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Medicine this morning. The winners are Elizabeth Blackburn, professor of biology and physiology at the University of California, San Francisco, Carol Greider, professor of molecular biology and genetics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Jack Szostak, professor of genetics at Massachusetts General Hospital. The award was for their research in discovering and identifying the enzyme telomerase. This enzyme plays an important role in stem cells, aging and cancer. For more information, see Scientific American.