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JHU Professor shares in Nobel Prize

UPDATED: See below for video from Dr. Greider's media briefing on October 5

Carol Greider
Johns Hopkins' Carol Greider was named co-winner
of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

From Ronald J Daniels and Edward D. Miller:On behalf of all of us, and more than 120,000 Johns Hopkins alumni, we add our congratulations to those pouring in from around the world for Carol Greider, who today was named co-winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Carol, the Daniel Nathans Professor and Director of Molecular Biology and Genetics in the Johns Hopkins Institute of Basic Biomedical Sciences in the university's School of Medicine, is the 33rd person associated with Johns Hopkins to win a Nobel, one of the world's most prestigious prizes. She is being recognized for her landmark 1984 discovery of the enzyme telomerase, which maintains the ends of chromosomes--known as telomeres--and protects them from damage. Her work has laid the foundation for novel studies connecting telomerase and telomeres to human cancer and diseases of aging.

Read the full statement.

Q&A with a Nobel Prize winner

Carol Greider, a professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Daniel Nathans Director of Molecular Biology and Genetics in the school's Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences, has been awarded a share of this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences recognized Greider for her 1984 discovery of telomerase, an enzyme that maintains the length and integrity of chromosome ends and is critical for the health and survival of all living cells and organisms.

The discovery - important and of itself for increasing our understanding of how cells work - also has turned out to have far-reaching implications for the investigation of cancer and certain aging-related diseases.

She shares the Nobel with Elizabeth Blackburn, a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, and Jack Szostack, Ph.D., of Harvard Medical School.

Following are excerpts from Greider's comments at an Oct. 5 news conference following the announcement.

Opening remarks: A tribute to curiosity driven basic science.

 

How did you find out that you had won the Nobel Prize?

 

How did you get into this line of research (And how is it like car repair)?

 

What clinical applications have arisen so far from your research?

 

Tell us about the moment of discovery.

 

Is this a milestone for women in the history of science?

 

How does your winning the Nobel Prize impact Johns Hopkins?

 

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