Professor at Geisinger Commonwealth contributed to research that led to the 2017 Nobel Prize in Medicine
A professor of biochemistry at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) contributed to research that led to the Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded Oct. 2 to three U.S. researchers. The prize was awarded to Jeffrey Hall at the University of Maine, Michael Rosbash at Brandeis University and Michael Young at the Rockefeller University for their decades-long work on the circadian clock.
A scientific article published in the journal Cell, listing William Zehring, PhD, professor of biochemistry at Geisinger Commonwealth, as first author, was recognized as a “key publication” by the Nobel Prize committee. The article cited was P-element transformation with period locus DNA restores rhythmicity to mutant arrhythmic Drosophila melanogaster. The article identified a specific portion of the fruit fly’s DNA that controls rhythmic behaviors analogous to sleep and wakefulness, among others. This research was a critical step in verifying that scientists were working with the correct DNA sequence that restored rhythmicity to fruit flies lacking that capability due to a genetic mutation.
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