Saturday, October 18, 2008

No Nobel Prize for Dr. Douglas Prasher

Dr. Douglas Prasher, the guy who actually cloned the green fluorescent protein gene, is not awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Instead, that honor goes to the scientists that he generously shared the cDNA (the cloned gene).

Dr. Prasher has been driving a van advertising a Toyota dealership for the last two years. It seems the NIH was not interested in funding his grant application to study the green fluorescent protein, one of the most powerful tools used in molecular biology today.

You can listen to a story about Dr. Prasher at NPR

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