MIS2017: "Top 10" Medical Innovations: 2018

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Okay, so a bra gas mask is a pretty incredible invention clearly worthy of an Ig Nobel Prize (see Brynn's post below). But on a more serious note, I woke up to some awesome news this morning as well: 3 Americans won the Nobel Prize for medicine. Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak were awarded this high honor for their work in discovering a key mechanism in how cells work. They found that telomeres (often compared to plastic tips at the end of shoe laces, according to the NY Times) are the solution to how chromosomes (tiny structures that carry DNA) protect themselves from breaking down when cells divide. Thanks to this finding, new lines of cancer research have been started.

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Not only is this great because any further insight into how we can eventually find a cancer cure gives us hope, but its also the first time that two women were among winners of the medicine prize.

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