by Wesley Hyatt
The University of North Carolina reaped some of its best publicity Monday when Oliver Smithies became its first full-time faculty member to receive the Nobel Prize, specifically for physiology or medicine. Smithies was honored for his work in genetic targeting, which he has pursued for nearly a quarter century in efforts to find out how changes in the genetic makeup can affect an animal. Some of his findings have been used to further research on human cystic fibrosis, among other treatments.
comment | 10/09/2007