Monday, October 08, 2007

2007 Nobel prize for medicine: gene targeting

Unfortunately, either hackers or incompetent employees eliminated the server a few minutes before the planned announcement so the server cannot tell you who is the winner.

We can. Mario R. Capecchi (US), Oliver Smithies (US), and Martin J. Evans (UK) share their prize for gene targeting in mice: homologous recombination can be applied to inactivate specific genes in embryonic cells. The accuracy is perfect. The methods are so far used for mice only but they always teach us things about life and aging in general.

The same gentlemen have received the 2001 Lasker Award so you can read an article about that prize.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Lubos,

    Long time no see! This doesn't have anything to do with the post, I'm afraid, but I was hoping to get in touch with you about something and I don't know your email. Mine is my name, all lower case with a dot between the first and last, at gmail. (I would write it out but I am suspicious of spambots.)

    Thanks very much, and hope to talk to you soon,

    Bart Horn