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Friday, February 9, 2007

Nobel laureate on cable access

SHREWSBURY

Local resident and Nobel Prize winner Craig C. Mello will speak at the next selectmen's meeting on Monday, Feb. 12, aired on the town's cable access network.

"He's like a rock star," said board of selectmen chair John Lebeaux. The University of Massachusetts Medical School researcher won the Nobel Prize in medicine along with Andrew Z. Fire of Stanford University last year. The men discovered a way to turn off individual genes that has changed the field of biology.

The board invited Mello to their biweekly meeting shortly after his win, but his schedule has not permitted him to attend until now. Mello, his wife and four daughters live in Shrewsbury. As far as what he will talk about at Monday's meeting, no one is sure.

"When you win the Nobel Prize, you can tell the board anything you want," Lebeaux said.

--Megan Woolhouse

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