Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Jackson Lab Summer Student Wins Nobel Prize

I realize this isn't really technology related, but we're pretty pysched here at work about one of our past summer students winning a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: "Jack W. Szostak, Ph.D., shares the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work in advancing understanding of telomeres, the protective “caps” at the ends of chromosomes that prevent damage to DNA. One of Dr. Szostak’s first experiences in conducting research was in 1970, when he participated in The Jackson Laboratory’s Summer Student Program." Many think of the Lab as the just the "mouse house", ie a supplier of mice, or a just a research lab, but our educational effort is just as important a part of our mission to improve human health.