April 8, 2005

Laureate’s lecture

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photo by Anne Rayner

At last Thursday's Dean's Lecture, Richard Roberts, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate and research director at New England Biolabs, spoke about the genomics of restriction enzymes, DNA-cutting enzymes isolated from bacteria that have played a vital role in recombinant DNA technology. Roberts shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1993 for the discovery of 'split genes' and RNA splicing. “Dr. Roberts' Nobel prize-winning work is an example of how basic science can flourish in an industry setting,” said Jeffrey R. Balser, M.D., Ph.D., associate vice chancellor for Research.