Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Congratulations, Craig Mello!

UMass Medical professor Craig Mello and Andrew Fire from Stanford won the Nobel Prize for their work studying RNA interference. They discovered the novel gene silencing mechanism in worms, but later realized that the system is ubiquitous in nature. RNAi has been developed into a powerful tool for silencing genes for research purposes and has the potential to be used theraputically for viral infections and genetic diseases. I went to a seminar given by Craig Mello last year, and he is not only a bright and a talented scientist, but also a genuinely nice and personable guy.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

He is (well UMASS is a client of ours) he gave us props!! - Nikki