The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 2009 has been announced and has been awarded to Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak for “how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase.” I’m sure the medicalbioblogs here on Scienceblogs will have some fine coverage of this. But one thing jumps out at me: Carol Greider was, I think, a graduate student when she worked did this work! So, dear graduate student procrastinating by reading this blog, please get back to work and win that there Nobel Prize!
Oh, and of course, in the Nobel counting game, I am happy to report “Go Bears!” Cal is where Greider got her Ph.D. (and where the work on telemorase was done.)
Also, first Nobel prize to a Tasmanian (Blackburn)?
Oh, and yes, I just checked GERN stocks spiked this morning 🙂