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1989 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Tom Cech - The University of Colorado's First Nobel Winner
Tom Cech, a distinguished professor at the University of Colorado and currently president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Md., became the university’s first Nobel Prize winner in 1989.  He shared the prize in chemistry with Sidney Altman of Yale University for their independent discoveries that RNA can act as a catalyst in cell development.

Cech was cited for his groundbreaking work with ribonucleic acid enzymes, or ribozymes, which is helping scientists better understand the role of RNA in living systems.  The research may pave the way for the use of RNA molecules as therapeutic agents against a variety of human diseases. More >>


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