5 Oct
2009
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Our Horrible Healthcare System

just produced another 3 Nobel Prize winners in the categories of Physiology or Medicine.

From the CNN report:

“Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak will share the $1.4 million prize for research on structures at the end of chromosomes called telomeres and on an enzyme that forms them, called telomerase.”

Practical applications of their research include cancer treatment and aging.

For reference, sine 1980, 41 Americans have won this distinguished prize (many times it has been shared).  See this Wiki list to get a sense how spectacularly superior our research output is compared to the rest of the world.

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