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How much is a Nobel worth?

Nobel laureates on the board bring in the bacon when it is time to capitalize a firm: WHAT is a Nobel prize really worth? The market values it at $34m, according to a new NBER paper by Matthew Higgins, Paula Stephan and Jerry Thursby. They studied the biotech industry during the 1990s. The industry, in…

Ooooo, pretty…

The Nikon Small World photography competition is starting up for another year. Check out this year’s competitors here (the winners have not been announced but you can rate them yourself). The competition includes beautiful micrographs such as the one below — the 2000 winner. Prizes are included so check it out the participation guidelines if…

I was just thinking about something. The Nobel Committee is usually mysterious in how they pick the winners, but why did Greg Hannon not win the Nobel with the others? My understanding was that he was sort of the guy for RNA interference. In fact, the review that I cited in my last post came…

Andrew Fire and Craig Mello have won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of RNA interference: Americans Andrew Z. Fire and Craig C. Mello won the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine Monday for discovering a powerful way to turn off the effect of specific genes, opening a new avenue for disease treatment.…

History of the Nobel

As the Nobel Prize announcements are due to come out soon, it would be good if you knew your Nobel history. Lawrence Altman for the NYTimes has an excellent article on it. Money quote: Yet in a little known story, the Nobel Prizes, the first of which will be announced on Monday, almost never came…