Oct. 18, 2017
Dr. Norman E. “Ned” Sharpless ’88 (’93 MD) was sworn in as the 15th director of the National Cancer Institute on Tuesday. Sharpless served as director of UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center from January 2014...Read More
Oct. 10, 2017
A person struggles, then panics, gasping for air but unable to inhale — as if “I were trying to breathe air underwater” or “an elephant is sitting on my chest.” Those are the most common...Read More
Nobel laureate Oliver Smithies has been named an inaugural fellow of the American Association for Cancer Research Academy, which was created this year to recognize distinguished scientists whose contributions have propelled innovation and progress in the fight against cancer.
Smithies, the Weatherspoon Eminent Distinguished Professor in the department of cell biology and physiology, shares his Nobel with Mario Capecchi of the University of Utah and Martin Evans of University College, London, for their revolutionary work into the genetic basis of cancer.
By developing a technique that introduced additional snippets of DNA into cells, a technique also known as gene targeting, Smithies and his colleagues effectively allowed individual genes to be altered at the cellular level. The work paved the way for the development of knockout mice, research animals that have had specific genes switched on or off to allow researchers to investigate their functions and help develop treatments for a variety of genetically-based disorders.
The awarded were chosen by a group of peers who evaluated candidates based on an outstanding history of achievement throughout their careers. Smithies shares the honor with 106 preeminent cancer researchers, symbolizing the age of the American Association for Cancer Research, which was established in 1907.
The inaugural class of fellows will be inducted into the academy on April 5 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. The induction ceremony will be followed by a meeting of the academy on April 6, and special recognition of the inaugural fellows during the opening plenary session on April 7.
To mark the magazine’s centennial in 2012, all 100 years of the Review dating to October 1912 have been added to the magazine’s digital archive. Issues from the most recent five years are available to GAA members only, as a benefit of membership in the association; earlier issues are open to anyone. Tools are available for searching, sharing, printing and downloading articles and photos.