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Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He's worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases. To contact Derek email him directly: Twitter: Dereklowe

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October 2, 2006

Nobel Update: RNAi Wins

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Posted by Derek

I'd been predicting for years that RNA interference would be worth a Nobel, and this year the committee did what many expected them to do. But not many people expected them to do it this early - not even Craig Mello himself. And he's being modest in that quote about having an "inkling" that it "might be possible", but that's understandable. Congratulations to him and to Andrew Fire!

I notice that the committee didn't go back as far as the initial observations of the first observations in plants (or in nematodes). The explanation for all these results started with Fire and Mello, and that's where the committee started as well.

Update: Paul Bracher sets the odds for Wednesday's prize in chemistry. I might run some of the numbers a bit differently, but not terribly so, and it's a pretty comprehensive list of possibles.

Comments (3) + TrackBacks (0) | Category: General Scientific News


1. John Thacker on October 2, 2006 12:19 PM writes...

Congratulations on your nomination for "Contributions to the Chemical Blogosphere," Dr. Lowe. ;)

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2. Jim Hu on October 2, 2006 1:00 PM writes...

I'm on sabbatical at Stanford and was thus coincidentally able to blog Andy Fire's press conference.

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3. kiwi on October 2, 2006 8:33 PM writes...

congrats for nailing the RNAi pick. some of pauls options are long odds, but i agree with 1 and 2. too early for venter imo, but i said that about RNAi too. i guess the pace of development in the molecular bio field is pretty quick

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