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Carol W. Greider is the Daniel Nathans Professor & Director of Molecular Biology & Genetics at Johns Hopkins University. Her research on telomerase (an enzyme she helped discover) and telomere function[…]

With President Obama having been awarded the Nobel Prize, biologist Carol Greider, a fellow 2009 laureate who waited 25 years to see her work honored, discusses whether he deserved to win so soon.

Question: What was your opinion of President Obama’s Nobel rnwin? 


Carol Greider: Oh, I was very excited when I heard that he hadrn won the Nobel Peace Prize, and I really saw it as a promise of rnsomething for the future. And he's been such a supporter of science, andrn science in the public eye, that I really felt like that was a very goodrn thing. And I do see it as a hope for the future for the direction that rnhe is going in terms of world peace.


Question: Can science promote peace?


Carol Greider: Science can promote an understanding between rnpeople at a really fundamental level. So yes, I think that science can rnpromote peace by bringing people together to work on problems and to rnrealize that there are problems that everybody faces that can be best rnapproached by people working together in different directions.

Recorded November 10th, 2009
Interviewed by Austin Allen