Still remember the day quite well…though not the exact date…it was back in the first week of October 2006. I was doing my fav job of the day…reading TOI…and on the Trends page I came across an article on RNAi…mentioning the phenomenon, which fetched A. Fire and C. Mello, a noble in medicine that year. The phenomenon was mentioned quite in brief in layman’s tongue…! After reading the article my curiosity was at its peak and I went ahead reading voraciously about it…how fascinated and amazed I was then!!!
From that particular year I started waiting for the noble prize announcements quite eagerly…!
Had heard about the noble prize for the first time I don’t even remember when…it is quite early in your childhood that you come across the noble prize thing…
But the same curiosity the same fascination and the same amazement did not continue to happen for the following years i.e 2007 and 2008(last yr and this year resp.)
If I am not wrong the noble prize in medicine for the year 2007 was given to the founders of gene knockdown technology…wherein you can knockoff a particular gene and look at its function…!
No doubt it was a great discovery that had revolutionized way research took place in terms of deciphering gene function!!!
But then what disturbed me most was that the discovery was quite old…I mean in today’s context this p’cular tool has been exploited for quite some years now…! I mean its quite surprising that RNAi which provided one of the methods for gene knockdown, which was new…fetched noble prize even before gene knockdown thing itself…!
Even this year when the noble prize in medicine and chemistry were declared…the same thought struck…
Noble prize in medicine went for the discovery of HIV replication cycle and
Noble prize in chemistry went for discovery and use of GFP…
Both again were great discoveries…but then both of them are well exploited and established for years now!!!
What I intend to convey here is that …the noble prize that are announced every year should go in for recent discoveries…this in no way means that the discovery made in the past decades were not significant…but then I think there shouldn't be a lag between a great discovery and its corresponding noble…!
I think that level of foresight…should definitely be there which recognizes the implications of significant discoveries and its effect in a short term…!
According to me 15-20 years of time…its pretty long for recognizing a noble!!!