Telomere Testing

Nobel Prize in Medicine 2009

The research and discoveries relating to telomeres was recognized in 2009 with the Nobel Prize in Medicine.

Three American scientists—Elizabeth Blackburn, Carol Greider and Jack Szostak— shared the prize for, as the Nobel Assembly declared, "the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase."

In their press release the Nobel Assembly stated:

"This year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is awarded to three scientists who have solved a major problem in biology: how the chromosomes can be copied in a complete way during cell divisions and how they are protected against degradation. The Nobel Laureates have shown that the solution is to be found in the ends of the chromosomes – the telomeres – and in an enzyme that forms them – telomerase."

Visit the Nobel Prize website for more details about this award.