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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

On the trail of Parkinsonís, through yeast cells

lindquist150.bmpDr. Susan L. Lindquist (left), a member and former director of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studies how molecular proteins change shape in cell division. The process, called protein folding, can ó when it goes wrong ó lead to diseases like Alzheimerís and Parkinsonís. She is also a founder of FoldRx Pharmaceuticals, a startup biotechnology company seeking to develop drugs to fight Parkinsonís.

In a Q and A in today's New York Times, she explains why she works in yeast and the path she followed to a life in science.

"I have to tell you that the sheer intellectual joy of finding out how life works is really cool," she said.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 07:56 AM
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