Here I am in Oslo, Norway, so I should take the occasion to post about one of the new Nobel Prizes, which are a joint project of Norway and Sweden and which are being announced this week. Three scientists won the prize for chemistry by making a remarkable discovery.
They found that DNA, though determining everything about a cell, is actually very unstable and will soon decay. But cells actually repair their own DNA, making it resilient enough to pass genetic information along to the next generation. These scientists then determined how the cells are able to do that. [Read more…]