Nobel Prize week kicked-off today with the announcement of the Prize in Physiology or Medicine. As predicted on these pages, Elizabeth Blackburn, Carol Greider, and Jack Szostak shared the award for discovering telomeres and telomerase. This is particularly good news for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, which was home to Carol Greider when she made the pivotal discovery of isolating the RNA gene that encodes for the telomeric template.

Carol Greider isolated the Telomeric Gene while at Cold Spring Harbor Lab

What is a Telomere? A telomere is a region (or cap) of repetitive DNA at the end of every chromosome that basically More >