Lasker award winner Carol Greider unlocked
mysteries of chromosome ends, now linked to disease.
Triumph for Basic Science
A Lasker Award—a.k.a. the “American Nobel”—goes
to one of our own
Carol Greider has been honored with this year’s Lasker
Award for Basic Medical Research for her discovery of telomerase,
an enzyme that protects chromosome ends, or telomeres.
made on Christmas Day 1984—when she was just 23—laid
the foundation for studies showing that the enzyme plays a major
role in cancer growth and aging.