The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has today decided to award The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2009 jointly to Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak for the discovery of “how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase“
Three Americans won the Nobel prize for medicine Monday for discovering and identifying telomerase, the enzyme that renews the little caps on the end of chromosomes whose natural fraying underlies aging and cancer. [...]
“The discoveries…have added a new dimension to our understanding of the cell, shed light on disease mechanisms, and stimulated the development of potential new therapies,” it said.
Here is a very insightful NobelPrize website telephone interview with Carol that talks more than just the science. Here is an interview with Elizabeth. And the one with Jack. All very insightful interviews.
More will likely be posted here later. Here are some videos.