Monday, October 30, 2006

Nobel Prizes in the Family

Congratulations to the Roger Kornberg, for the Nobel Prize in chemistry. He and his dad are now the 8th parent-child pairs to win in the history of the prizes. Not unlike Linda Buck, young Roger had a leg up on his classmates in elementary school because he did recreational science at home with his mother (a biochemist) and his father (Nobel Prize in Physiology & Medicine, 1959).

When Roger was in elementary school, his dad would take him and his two siblings to tinker around in the lab. "One Christmas, when he asked Roger what he wanted for a present, the boy replied: "A week in the lab." One brother is a biochemist at UCSF, while the other is an architect who works in laboratory design.

A childhood friend of the Kornbergs recalled, "The Kornbergs were legendary way back then,' said Berg, who grew up in the same neighborhood. 'They read 'The Cat in the Hat,' then 'Biochemistry 101."

But it doesn't look like competition or pressure is going to crack the next generation of Kornbergs. When asked about potential stress of this latest accolade on his children, Roger Kornberg replied, "They're good kids and they'll do what they want to do. They're very independent-minded."

Want to try your hand at extracting DNA with the kids? The bottom link below is a simple recipe we used to get plenty of DNA from dried peas.

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1 comment:

  1. It's almost as though his parents groomed him for the Nobel peace prize