Noble Prize in Medicine (2009)
The noble prize in medicine has been awarded to three researchers for their discovery of telomeres, and working out how they protect chromosomes from degradation.
Naturenews has the scoop here. A sample:
Three US scientists have won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering the structure of molecular caps called telomeres and working out how they protect chromosomes from degradation. Their discoveries in cell biology during the 1980s and 1990s opened new avenues of work, in ageing and in cancer research, which are still highly active today.
And this interview explains this scientific research.