Monday, October 05, 2009

Telomerase the 2009 Nobel medicine winner

Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak won the 2009 Nobel Prize in medicine.

A tie-in to stem cells: Some inherited diseases are now known to be caused by telomerase defects, including certain forms of congenital aplastic anemia, in which insufficient cell divisions in the stem cells of the bone marrow lead to severe anemia. Certain inherited diseases of the skin and the lungs are also caused by telomerase defects.


Blogger Unknown said...

I hope that this finding leads to further reasearch. It would be nice to see some advancements on disease, aging (especially the brain) and most of all cancer. It is about time.

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