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Nobel laureates, young researchers convene for 60th Lindau meetings

July 27, 2010 - GERMANY

The annual Nobel Laureate Meetings at Lindau offer a forum for the transfer of knowledge between generations of scientists. At the 60th anniversary gathering, laureates in chemistry, physics and medicine/physiology will convene panel discussions and seminars for young researchers from around the world. The event is likely to include a tribute to 1968 Nobel laureate Marshall Nirenberg, a New York biologist who broke the genetic code. He died in January at 82.

The annual Nobel Laureate Meetings at Lindau offer a forum for the transfer of knowledge between generations of scientists. At this 60th anniversary gathering, laureates in chemistry, physics and medicine/physiology will convene panel discussions and seminars for young researchers from around the world. The event is likely to include a tribute to 1968 Nobel laureate Marshall Nirenberg, a New York biologist who broke the genetic code. He died in January at 82. Dr. Nirenberg established the rules by which the genetic information in DNA is translated into proteins, the working parts of living cells. The code lies at the basis of life, and understanding it was a turning point in the history of biology. The Nobel Foundation awarded the 1968 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to Dr. Nirenberg and two other researchers. The New York Times observed that Dr. Nirenberg's 1961 achievement was even more remarkable because he was a 34-year-old National Institutes of Health geneticist at the time, unknown in the world of biology and genetics, The Lindau laureates lecture on the topic of their choice. More than 220 Laureates support the organizing body. The students and young researchers are nominated and selected by several sponsoring agencies and organizations. (Written Feb/10)

Nobel Laureate Meetings at Lindau

Marshall Nirenberg, Biologist Who Untangled Genetic Code, Dies at 82 (NYT 21 Jan 2010)

Date written/update: 2010-07-27