Nobel Prize 2015 LiveblogOctober 7th, 2015
Watching the live stream and weighing in with babble:
4:48 am – They’re here!
4:49 am – This always gets my blood pumping.
4:50 am – Wow…DNA repair, but not the 2015 Lasker Award winners for DNA repair.
4:52 am – The winning scientists: Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar
4:58 am – I’d love to know how the committee arrived at these three scientists out of the many possibilities. This one is sure to be controversial.
5:04 am – Doesn’t appear that any of the laureates won a ‘pre-Nobel’ like the Lasker. Their Wikipedia pages are also sparse, though I’m sure that will change within the next few hours.
5:06 am – Looking for the seminal papers now…
5:16 am – Looks like the seminar Modrich paper is 1983 PNAS cited 286 times.
5:28 am – I’m not at all saying they don’t deserve it, but I’m having a hard time understanding how the Nobel committee picked these three scientists for DNA-damage repair. The technical document released by the committee isn’t really making it clear, either. I’d love to hear someone in this field weigh in.
5:30 am – And while people are already crying that biology stole yet another chemistry Nobel, this is a pretty molecular field. This is certainly in chemistry’s strike zone.