Thursday, October 16, 2008

Green Fluorescent Protein

The Nobel Prize in chemistry has been awarded to the first people who used green fluorescent protein (GFP) to further their research. The Nobel Prize can only be awarded to three people. The FIRST person to clone GFP, Douglas Prasher, who shared GFP with two of these three people, did not win the Nobel Prize. In fact, Dr. Prasher now drives the shuttle van for a car dealership. See article here:

I am in complete agreement that the originators of research using GFP deserve the Nobel Prize. GFP has furthered the research of almost everyone, myself included:

This is from the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Apr 11, 2008, my second publication.

My problem is that the person who actually discovered GFP did not win the Nobel Prize. You would think that what he does now wouldn't matter. None of these other people could have done so much without Dr. Prasher.

And this is not the first time someone has been left out of winning the Nobel Prize. Rosalind Franklin, who happens to be my favorite scientist, discovered DNA is a double helix. NOT Watson and Crick, though they did win the Nobel prize, and they did get all the credit for determining DNA is a double helix. Rosalind Franklin performed an X-ray crystallography experiment on DNA and the result was stolen by a co-worker and given to Watson and Crick. This co-worker, Watson, and Crick won the Nobel Prize and all the credit and Rosalind Franklin passed away so that she couldn't even fight for her right to her own data. The moral of my little story, I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS IS STILL HAPPENING TO THE ADVANCERS OF RESEARCH FOR EVERYONE.

Photo 51, Rosalind Franklin's fabulous X-ray crystal of a DNA helix.

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