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Nobel Prize in Medicine, 2012

When cells become specialized cells (e.g., blood cells, bone cells, sex cells), are these cells fixed and immutable?  In the past, researchers though the answer was yes.  It turns out, that cells can draw on their DNA to become amazingly flexible.  This breakthrough is due in large part for this year’s Nobel Prize winners, Sir […]

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The History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction

I recently finished reading a great book by William Bynum called The History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction. The book does just what it says: provides a great introduction to the history of medicine.  It is concise and interesting throughout.  The contents are divided into six chapters: Medicine at the bedside Medicine in the […]

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2008 Nobel Prize in Medicine Announced

The 2008 Nobel Prize in Medicine was given to three European researchers who discovered viruses that cause cervical cancer and AIDS.   German virologist Harald zur Hausen discovered that HPV causes cervical cancer. This discovery eventually lead to the creation of the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer. Two French virologists, Francoise Barre-Sinoussi and Luc Montagnier, shared the […]

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2007 Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded

The work of three researchers who developed the procedure of gene targeting have won the 2007 Nobel Prize in Medicine.  The winners are: Mario R. Capecchi (USA, born Italy). Has used gene targeting to uncover the role of genes involved in organ development, and the overall plan of the body. Martin J. Evans (UK). Used […]

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