On the 18th October 1962, a Post Office Telegram was sent to Francis Crick at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, telling him that he had been awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. Just two weeks later, another telegram arrived for Max Perutz and John Kendrew: they had been awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. For a lab to receive one Nobel Prize is rare – to receive two different Nobel Prizes in the same year is almost unique.
The LMB is delighted to congratulate alumnus John Gurdon on the award of the 2012 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. John shares the award with Shinya Yamanaka, from Japan, for their quite different work (more than 40 years apart) on reprogramming somatic cells to pluripotent stem cells.
John’s key experiments on nuclear transplantations into frog oocytes were done while he was as a graduate student in the Zoology Department in Oxford, in the late 1950’s.
Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, paid a short visit to the LMB on 3 October to learn about the Laboratory’s work, find out about its recent successes in the commercial exploitation of discoveries, and get a first sight of the LMB’s new building.
After a short overview of the LMB’s work, from Hugh Pelham and Martin Dougherty, the Business Secretary visited Jan Löwe’s laboratory to get an insight into bench research.
The winners of this year’s Imagining the Brain competition visited the LMB on Monday 1st October for the formal awards ceremony.
The Imagining the Brain art competition invites Cambridgeshire pupils with an interest in art and science to cut through the jargon usually associated with complex subjects like neuroscience and use art as a means of communication.
Steve West will give the 2012 Max Perutz lecture on Thursday 13 September at 4.15pm in the Max Perutz Lecture Theatre at the LMB. The lecture, entitled “Defective DNA strand break repair, genome instability and cancer” is open to all interested in attending.
Steve West is known for pioneering studies on homologous recombination, and for defining the links between recombinational repair and genome instability diseases, including cancer.
Andrew Holding, from the LMB’s Cell Biology division, has been awarded a British Science Association Media Fellowship – giving him the opportunity to work on Horizon, the BBC’s popular, long-running science programme.
Andrew is one of just 10 scientists, chosen from 180 applicants, to be awarded a British Science Association Media Fellowship in this year’s awards.