Nobel keeps it in the family

Roger Kornberg of Stanford University presumably got the call from Stockholm at 3am in California. He won a solo Nobel in Chemistry for elucidating the mechanics of transcription via the crystallization of RNA polymerase. He?s the third American life scientist to pull down a Nobel this year and the second to win the prize in his family. Father, Arthur Kornberg won the 1959 prize in Physiology or Medicine for elucidating DNA synthesis.

By | October 4, 2006

Roger Kornberg of Stanford University presumably got the call from Stockholm at 3am in California. He won a solo Nobel in Chemistry for elucidating the mechanics of transcription via the crystallization of RNA polymerase. He?s the third American life scientist to pull down a Nobel this year and the second to win the prize in his family. Father, Arthur Kornberg won the 1959 prize in Physiology or Medicine for elucidating DNA synthesis.

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Avatar of: Phoebe

Phoebe

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October 4, 2006

I wonder if this will become a trend is particular scientific field as well, akin to politics (famous presidential pairs/families).
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henry young

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October 5, 2006

There are number of scientists who should have been credited for elucidating eukaryotic transcription mechanisms. Their contributions were as important as, if not greater than, that of Kornberg.\n\nIt's a shame.
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