15 March 2016
Meet Nobel prize-winning Tetrahymena researchers:
- Elizabeth Blackburn was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, along with Carol Grieder and Jack Szostak, for her work discovering how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase. Dr. Blackburn used Tetrahymena in much of her early work on telomeres. Dr. Blackburn talks about being a woman in science and the groundbreaking research that led to winning a Nobel Prize.
- Carol Greider also used Tetrahymena in her research. She talks about her approach to science and about dealing with mistakes in science.
- Thomas Cech was awarded the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, along with Sidney Altman, for his discovery of catalytic properties of RNA. Dr. Cech used Tetrahymena in much of his early work on ribozymes. Here he describes the experiments that led to the discovery of ribozymes, RNA that can catalyze the cutting and rejoining of chemical bonds.