Scientist won Nobel for DNA work

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.A love of enzymes and science was passed on to one of Kornberg’s sons, Dr. Roger Kornberg, who won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work studying the enzymes that create RNA. A Brooklyn-native, Kornberg was born on March 3, 1918. He wrote several books, including a scientific memoir, For the Love of Enzymes: The Odyssey of a Biochemist, in 1989. His last book, due in bookstores Nov. 15, is a children’s book Germ Stories. PALO ALTO (AP) – Nobel Prize-winning scientist Dr. Arthur Kornberg, whose test-tube synthesis of DNA earned him the prize in 1959, died of respiratory failure Friday at Stanford Hospital, according to the university. He was 89. Kornberg, an active professor emeritus of biochemistry at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, shared the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine with Dr. Severo Ochoa of New York University. Kornberg discovered the chemical mechanism that demonstrated how DNA – the blueprint of heredity – gets constructed in the cell. Kornberg and Ochoa discovered new enzymes that created the genetic building blocks of DNA and RNA. Kornberg found and named what is known as DNA polymerase, which is responsible for assembling those building blocks. Their studies served as a precursor to genetic engineering, and have provided the basis for many drugs now in use to treat cancer and viral infections. The doctor often referred to his career as “a love affair with enzymes.” last_img

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