Washington, D.C. — Andrew Z. Fire, a scientist who discovered RNAi, or RNA interference while at the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Embryology, along with Craig C. Mello of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, was awarded a Nobel Prize for the discovery today. The Fire-Mello discovery that double-stranded RNA can quash the activity of specific genes is an important breakthrough in modern molecular biology. RNAi is now being...
Baltimore, MD—The Lasker Foundation awarded Carnegie’s Joseph G. Gall the prestigious 2006 Lasker Award for Special Achievement in Medical Science. The citation recognizes that Gall is “a founder of modern cell biology who has made seminal contributions to the field of chromosome structure and function, who invented in situ hybridization, and who has been a long-standing champion of women in science.” Gall has been staff scientist at the...
Washington, DC – The Carnegie Institution of Washington and the University of Massachusetts Medical School announced today that opposition in Australia to the grant of the institutions’ patent application related to the discovery of RNAi has been withdrawn. The opposition was originally filed by Benitec, an Australian biotechnogy company, in November 2004. Announcement of the withdrawal will be published in Australia’s Official Journal of...
Baltimore, MD – We are all familiar with the dangers of too much fat in our diet—increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity are just a few of the most severe consequences. But some rare metabolic diseases, such as hypolipidemia and Tangier disease, seem to work in reverse—they severely limit the amount of fat and cholesterol that makes it into the bloodstream. Researchers from the Carnegie Institution, the University of Pennsylvania...
Contact : Dr. Benjamin Ohlstein, 410-246-3003, or 3403, email, ohlstein@ciwemb.edu; or Dr. Allan Spradling at 410-246-3021, or 3015, email spradling@ciwemb.edu For Image see http://www.carnegieinstitution.org/fruitfly/   Baltimore, MD – The six-legged fruitfly appears to have little in common with humans, but a new finding shows that they are really just tiny, distant cousins. Scientists at the Carnegie...
Contact Tina McDowell at 202-939-1120, or tmcdowell@ciw.edu or Matthew Wright at 202-939-1142, mwright@ciw.edu Image at http://www.carnegieinstitution.org/singerbuilding/   After dinner talk delivered by Maxine Singer   Baltimore, MD – Carnegie Institution trustees will dedicate a new, $31.2-million research laboratory on the Johns Hopkins University campus on Thursday, December 1, 2005, at 6:30 PM. The building...
Contact Tina McDowell@ 202-939-1120, or tmcdowell@ciw.edu   Carnegie molecular biologist Joseph Gall discusses the work of groundbreaking microscopists, biologists, zoologists, and geneticists with Bill Nye, "The Science Guy," as The Science Channel counts down the greatest science discoveries of our time. In a series of segments filmed at the Embryology Department of the Carnegie Institution...