Nobel Prize in Medicine
….was announced today and the winners are, quite appropriately in my humble opinion, Andrew Z Fire and Craig C. Mello for their discovery of the mechanism of "RNA interference – gene silencing by double-stranded RNA".
It is always very exciting when a scientific technique that you are familiar with and is routinely used in your line of work obtains the ultimate recognition. In the short (in scientific terms) eight years since the discovery of its mechanism, RNA interference has turned out to be a great boon for basic biomedical research. The ability to silence a particular gene within a cell helps immensely in understanding the effects of the gene on particular biochemical pathways of the cell. There is also the potential for clinical application in future.