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Six biologists win Nat'l Medal

linkurl:Francis Collins;http://www.genome.gov/10000779 and linkurl:J. Craig Venter,;http://www.jcvi.org/cms/about/bios/jcventer/ former adversaries in the race for sequencing the human genome, are two of the six life scientist who will receive the linkurl:National Medal of Science;http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/President-Honors-Nations-Top-Scientists-and-Innovators/ this year. Image: WikipediaAlso among the awardees is linkurl:Joanna Fowler,;http://www.bnl.gov/medical/Personnel/Fow

By | September 18, 2009

linkurl:Francis Collins;http://www.genome.gov/10000779 and linkurl:J. Craig Venter,;http://www.jcvi.org/cms/about/bios/jcventer/ former adversaries in the race for sequencing the human genome, are two of the six life scientist who will receive the linkurl:National Medal of Science;http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/President-Honors-Nations-Top-Scientists-and-Innovators/ this year.
Image: Wikipedia
Also among the awardees is linkurl:Joanna Fowler,;http://www.bnl.gov/medical/Personnel/Fowler/ a neurochemist at Brookhaven National Laboratories, who also received this year's National Academy of Sciences Award in Chemical Sciences for developing chemical probes for biomedical imaging studies. She studies how brain circuits are disrupted during drug addiction using positron emission tomography (PET) scans. Another winner, linkurl:Elaine Fuchs,;http://www.rockefeller.edu/labheads/fuchs/intro.php is a developmental cell biologist at The Rockefeller University and a Howard Hugh Medical Institute investigator. Her work focuses on multipotent stem cells of the skin. In 2006, she received the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Award for Scientific Excellence. Biochemist JoAnne Stubbe from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, whom linkurl:__The Scientist__ recently profiled,;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/43688/ is being honored for her work on enzymes involved in DNA replication and repair. Neuroscientist linkurl:Michael Posner,;http://www.neuro.uoregon.edu/ionmain/htdocs/faculty/posner.html professor emeritus at the University of Oregon, is being recognized for his studies involving genetic mutations and attention in the brain. Three other scientists -- mathematician Rudolf Kalman of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, astrophysicist James Gunn of Princeton University, and physicist Berni Alder of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory -- will also receive the award. The awards will be presented at a ceremony at the White House on October 7th.
**__Related stories:__***linkurl:Collins seen as boon to NIH;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55820/
[9th July 2009]*linkurl:Craig Venter's DNA;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53560/
[4th September 2007]*linkurl:miRNA controls skin cell growth;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54396/
[2nd March 2008]
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anonymous poster

Posts: 125

September 18, 2009

J. Craig Venter may be to human genome what Bill Gates is to computer operating systems, but he is no more a scientist than Gates is. They are, however, both genial entrepreneurs who have real scientists and engineers working for them, of course.
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anonymous poster

Posts: 1

September 18, 2009

Wonderful !!\n Congratulation to all the winners . However \n the eclectic nature of this " roster " of\n selected winners is....disquieting .\n It seems that the match-up is more than\n science driven !! One has just to go for\n the classic PubMed search and spice it up with \n accceptable bio's (eg : without the spin )...\n Life and life sciences is full of..surprises\n OR NOT !!!!\n May the next decades prove their individual \n scientific resilience...The good old ,albeit\n imperfect, test of time.\n I shall be waiting another fifty years......\n
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JOHN COLLINS

Posts: 37

September 22, 2009

I wonder what Anonymous("Venter?") thinks are the qualities of a true scientist? \n\nPerhaps someone driven by curiosity and wanting to contribute with his abilities to the improvement of knowledge that can profit mankind? Someone who has revolutionized technology by refusing to accept the narrow mindedness of a clique of nay-sayers? Someone with the intellect to see what was necessary to drive this advance rapidly and at a reasonable cost? Someone able of convincing other scientists to join his vision and able to find funding in innovative ways? If that is part of being a scientist, then Craig Venter certainly is THE scientist of the last decade of the last millenium. \n\nBut perhaps 'anonymous' was thinking of the "US in-crowd" of the late 70s and 80s, and their army of technicians, graduate students, and foreign post-docs who were constantly bickering over carving up the ? 3 billion public funded "human genome grant pie" they had set up for themselves. Has science come down to this? I think not. \n\nIn a similar vein of thought, perhaps it is also high time to ask for a re-evaluation (cost/benefit) of the scientific (or any other) use of the current massive expansion of genome-wide association (GWA) studies to define disease-associated regions. Could it be that on the eve of a massive price reduction in the area of sequencing technology a two year moratorium might be sensible, in order to better invest the money in other scientif projects?

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