The well known Tetrahymena researcher Elizabeth H. Blackburn (University of California, San Diego, USA) and her colleague Carol W. Greider (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, USA) have solved, together with their scientific colleague Jack Szostak (Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, USA), a major problem in biology: how the chromosomes can be copied in a complete way during cell divisions and how they are protected against degradation. Telomeres are involved in a wide range of biological phenomena like aging and cancer.
The Nobel Laureates have shown that the solution is to be found in the ends of the chromosomes – the telomeres – and in an enzyme that forms them – telomerase.
Blackburn and her colleagues have chosen very early in their scientific career especially the Ciliate Tetrahymena as model organism for their research.
Tetrahymena is a model organism, which is very easy to cultivate and its close relation of its metabolism and its cytology to higher eukaryontic cells qualify this microorganism as an ideal candidate for the elucidation of fundamental questions in biology. These features are also part of the rationale, why Cilian AG is using Tetrahymena for applied biological and biotechnological science.
The R&D-team of Cilian AG is congratulating Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider and their scientific colleague Jack Szostak for this great success.
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