What A Year! for middle and high school students and teachers

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What A Year! explains a biomedical research breakthrough each month of the school year and gives some information about the people behind it. You can learn what’s going on in your scientific back yard, and to dig a lot deeper if you want.

Right now, someone is announcing a new insight or a new discovery that could have a huge impact on all of us. Guaranteed.

But most of us don’t read scientific journals or attend scientific conferences. So we do not hear about such discoveries. The news doesn’t always make it onto TV or newspapers. Even finding it on the Internet is hard sometimes. And then it’s presented for the benefit of other scientists, not students in middle and high school.

The mission of  What A Year! is to bring you great news in biomedical research in a way that you can appreciate and understand.

Each month we’ll put a new story here. What kind? Something that opens a whole new window on human or animal life. Or, something that might, after more research and development, lead to a cure for an illness, or a new way to treat a medical condition.

Check it out.

2017 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences to Stephen Elledge of Harvard

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Stephen Elledge of Harvard Medical School, the University of California, Santa Cruz’s Harry Noller, Roeland Nusse of Stanford University, Yoshinori Ohsumi of Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Huda Zoghbi of Baylor College of Medicine have won 2017 Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences. Each award, given yesterday on December 4th during a televised ceremony held in California, is worth $3 million.

Elledge is honored for his pioneering work on DNA-damage response. In 2015, he won a Lasker Award for basic medical research in recognition of his achievements in the field. “I’m truly honored to receive the Breakthrough Prize,” Elledge said “It is deeply gratifying to see the profound impact that basic research can have not only in promoting scientific knowledge but also in improving human health.”