Friday, October 9, 2009

Fly Ladies of the Day
Nobel Prize Winners Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider

Ladies, we can bring home the bacon, fry it and some of us can even break down piggy DNA. Scientists Elizabeth Blackburn (left) and Carol Greider (right) were awarded the Nobel Medicine Prize earlier this week. ABC News reports Blackburn, Greider along with their colleague Jack W. Szostak (that's not him in the middle) earned the honor for "discovering a key mechanism in the genetic operations of cells, an insight that has inspired new lines of research into cancer...The trio solved the mystery of how chromosomes, the rod-like structures that carry DNA, protect themselves from degrading when cells divide. "

All three winners are Americans. Yay! This was the first time two women won the prize in the medicine category.

I am excited about their win because their research may save lives. Also, we need American scientists. American students have lost an interest in science. We need home-grown, U.S. scientists to develop technology so we can compete in the global economy. Of course women making an impact in underrepresented fields always gets the thumbs up from Cocoa Fly. Ladies, tell your little girls about these women and teach them girls can kick butt in science too. Shout out to all my Cocoa Fly readers making moves in math, science, medicine, engineering, etc.

And who said science wasn't for girls?

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