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Tuesday, October 3rd 2006

Update: 5 American Science Guys

Well, if we lack international respect in the diplomatic ring at least we still have at in the scientific ring (except for those from Kansas).

Two Americans have won the Noble Prize in physiology or medicine for their work on RNA interference.

Andrew Z. Fire, 47, of the Stanford University School of Medicine and Craig C. Mello, 45, of the University of Massachusetts Medical School will share the $1.37-million prize for their discovery of what the Nobel citation called “a fundamental mechanism for controlling the flow of genetic information.”

Fire, who was born at the Stanford Hospital, studied mathematics at UC Berkeley “before I realized that I wanted to do something slightly different,” he said. After consulting some Berkeley professors, he enrolled in a doctoral program in biology at MIT.

A year after his graduation, he was appointed to a junior staff position at Carnegie that normally held no prospect of tenure. His research progressed so rapidly in the first three years, however, that he became a full staff member.

He moved to Stanford last November to be near his family.

Mello was drawn into science by his father, who was a paleontologist at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. “I would go to the Smithsonian and see my dad’s office back behind the dinosaur bones, get to go in there and see the dinosaurs spread out over the table,” he said at the news conference.

“I wanted to be a scientist mainly because I just found the whole human condition and the fact that we are here, and where we came from, fascinating,” he said.

A graduate of Brown and Harvard universities, Mello has been at the University of Massachusetts since 1995.

Personally, I think this year’s awards are going to be a giant rip off, because one man has no hope of winning,

A Lot Like Garrett Wolfe’s Heisman Campaign


2 American Science Guys 5 American Science Guys!

2 Americans split the prize for Physics,

Americans John C. Mather and George F. Smoot have won the 2006 Nobel Prize in physics for work that helped cement the big-bang theory of the universe.

Mather, 60, works at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and Smoot, 61, works at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California.

And then, an American takes home the prize for chemistry! Could we be looking at a sweep? Is there any chance an American could win the Noble Peace Prize this year?!

How ‘Bout A Two Time Winner? Look How Peaceful He Is!