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Nobel Laureate Thomas Cech to Lecture March 27

Story posted March 20, 2003

Nobel laureate Dr. Thomas R. Cech will speak at Bowdoin College at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 27, in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center.

Cech, winner of the 1989 Nobel Prize in chemistry and president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will give a talk titled “Where the Double Helix Ends: Telomeres and Telomerase.”

Telomeres are unique DNA structures at the end of strands. Telomerase replicates telomeres and ceases to be made after birth. Telomerase is also active in cancer cells.

Cech’s talk will address the questions: Are telomeres the yardstick that defines cell aging and death? Does telomerase control how cancer cells proliferate?

The lecture, presented by the Bowdoin College departments of chemistry and biochemistry, is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Coles Research Endowment in Chemistry and a gift by Steven Smith ’95.

For more information call 725-3218.

In addition to heading the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Thomas Cech is an American Cancer Society Professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder and professor of biochemistry, biophysics, and genetics at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver.

Among the many honors he has received are the Lasker Award and the National Medal of Science.

He earned his B.A. in chemistry from Grinnell College and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California-Berkeley. His post-doctoral work in biology was conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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