Katalin Kariko holds the esteemed position of a professor at Sagan’s University in Hungary. Alongside her role as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Collaboratively, Drew Weissman embarked on pioneering research endeavors with Kariko during their tenure at the University of Pennsylvania. Ultimately leading to their recognition with the prestigious Nobel Prize.
This dynamic duo is on the cusp of receiving their accolades. Comprising a prestigious diploma, a gilded medal, and a substantial $1 million monetary grant. These honors will be bestowed upon them by none other than King Carl XVI Gustaf during an elaborate ceremony scheduled for December 10. This date carries profound significance, marking the anniversary of the demise of the illustrious scientist Alfred Nobel. Who, in his final will and testament, established the coveted prizes.
The contenders for this year’s laurels in the domain of medicine featured luminaries such as Kevan Shokat, an American biologist who unraveled the intricate mechanisms to obstruct the KRAS cancer gene, implicated in a third of all cancers, including the formidable lung, colon, and pancreatic malignancies.
Stanislas Leibler and Michael Elowitz, two distinguished American biologists, also vied for recognition, owing to their groundbreaking work in the realm of synthetic gene circuits, which laid the foundation for the burgeoning field of synthetic biology. This pioneering work empowers scientists to overhaul organisms through the strategic engineering of novel capabilities.
The Nobel Prize in the realm of physiology or medicine found its laureate last year in the form of the Swedish savant Svante Paabo. His groundbreaking discoveries in the arena of human evolution unveiled the enigmatic secrets concealed within Neanderthal DNA. These revelations offered invaluable insights into our immune system, including our susceptibility to severe COVID-19.
The imminent announcements are eagerly await for the physics accolade, set to be disclose on Tuesday. The chemistry distinction to be unveil on Wednesday, and the literary laurels to be reveal on Thursday. The Nobel Peace Prize will announced on Friday, with the prestigious economics award following suit on October 9th.