Monday, October 05, 2009

100th Medicine Nobel Prize

... was announced at 11:30 am, Central European Time.
Watch Nobel YouTube Live (click)
It was the first global YouTube live broadcast ever.

The prize goes to Elizabeth Blackburn (UC San Francisco), Carol Greider (Johns Hopkins), and Jack Szostak (Harvard Medical School) - see the picture in this order - for the 1984 discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase.

You can see that the lag is 25 years, the dominance of the U.S. is strengthened by this award, and the percentage of women increases. We will see whether the women's physics & chemistry score of 0 in the last 45 years will be changed this year.

The winners were pre-promoted by the 2006 Albert Lasker award
see the 2006 Lasker description of their discovery
and correctly predicted as the 2009 Nobel prize winners by Thomson Reuters and others. The ladies also received the March 2009 Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter science prize. No, Paul Ehrlich is a different guy than the population bomb nutcase.

The previous Medicine Nobel Prizes were described on this blog, too:
2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

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