Thursday, October 26, 2006

Plant-Guys Stiffed for RNAi Nobel?

Of course you heard the debate here on the bayblab first (see posts, and podcast epi #1). Some plant researchers got together and wrote a letter to nature, where they point out that the discovery of RNAi, for which this year's Nobel in Physiology or Medicine was awarded, was actually made in plants before it was made in C. elegans by this year's laureates. They object that no one in the plant field was recognized for this work and suggest that David Baulcombe would have been a suitable 3rd laureate.