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Nobel Laureate Sidney Altman Dies At 82
The biophysicist shared the 1989 Prize in Chemistry for discovering RNA’s catalytic properties.
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Nobel Laureate Sidney Altman Dies At 82
Nobel Laureate Sidney Altman Dies At 82

The biophysicist shared the 1989 Prize in Chemistry for discovering RNA’s catalytic properties.

The biophysicist shared the 1989 Prize in Chemistry for discovering RNA’s catalytic properties.

ABOVE: Yale University
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Pioneering Geneticist C. Thomas Caskey Dies at 83
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Caskey’s contributions to the field were instrumental to modern genetics.
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Conducting research to elucidate nature’s mysteries is reward enough.
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Lisa Winter | Jun 11, 2021
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Senators raise concerns about how Eric Lander of the Broad Institute has handled equality issues.
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Neuroscientist Rita Levi-Montalcini began her Nobel Prize–winning work in a makeshift laboratory in Italy during the Second World War.
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Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna reprogrammed the bacterial immune response into one of the most popular tools for genetics and molecular biology.
Researchers Who Discovered Hepatitis C Earn Nobel Prize
Max Kozlov | Oct 5, 2020
Harvey Alter, Michael Houghton, and Charles Rice share the Physiology or Medicine award for their contributions to identifying the virus and demonstrating that it was responsible for hepatitis among blood transfusion recipients.
Biochemist Stanley Cohen Dies
Catherine Offord | Feb 10, 2020
The Vanderbilt University professor was awarded a Nobel Prize for his discovery of epidermal growth factor.
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Cells’ Oxygen Sensing Discovery Earns Nobel Prize
Emily Makowski | Oct 7, 2019
For the Physiology or Medicine award, Peter Ratcliffe, William Kaelin, and Gregg Semenza are credited with figuring out molecular and genetic responses to oxygen levels.
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As we await the announcement of the 2019 Nobel Prize winners, it’s time to question why female scientists still lag behind their male colleagues.
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Sydney Brenner, mRNA Discoverer, Dies
Kerry Grens | Apr 5, 2019
One of the foremost molecular biologists of the 20th century, the Nobel laureate established C. elegans as a model organism, mapping its genes and development.
Women Who Win Science Prizes Earn Less Money, Prestige than Men
Ashley Yeager | Jan 18, 2019
Biomedical awards from the past 50 years reveal a gender imbalance, but it appears to be improving.
2018 in Quotes
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A Nobel Pursuit
The Scientist Staff | Dec 10, 2018
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Venki Ramakrishnan | Dec 5, 2018
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Ten-Minute Sabbatical
The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2018
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.