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Health Insight October 2002: People

  The most coveted prize in world medicine has been awarded to two Britons and an American. Sir John Sulston, Sydney Brenner and Robert Horvitz were awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine for decades of collective work studying the genesis and growth of microscopic nematode worms. Their research showed that the growth and programmed death of the hundreds of cells in the developing worm was a key to understanding the same processes in the cells of the human body. Sydney Brenner spent most of his working life at the Medical Research Council in Cambridge. It was he who showed how the growth of life from a single cell to a whole creature could be tracked by watching the nematode worm. Sir John Sulston and Mr Horvitz both worked under him for part of their careers. Sir John, now based at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge, built on Mr Brenner’s work to reveal how every worm grows in the same way. After this, he went on to decode the ‘book of life’, the human genome, the work for which he is better known to the public (the award of science Nobel prizes tends to lag decades behind the discoveries for which they are awarded).
Source: Guardian 8th October

Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer, with the agreement of the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Health, has announced the appointment of Professor Aidan Halligan as the successor to Dr Sheila Adam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer. Professor Halligan is currently on secondment to the NHS Modernisation Agency from his post as Professor of Foetal Maternal Medicine at the University of Leicester. He is currently the Director of the NHS Clinical Governance Programme.
Source: Press release (DoH)


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