One of the three American scientists sharing this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is a San Diego native, and another is a professor at the University of Calfornia.
Carol W. Greider, who works at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, shares the honor with Jack W. Szostak of Massachusetts General Hospital and Elizabeth H. Blackburn of UC San Francisco.
The scientists were honored for helping to solve how chromosomes are copied while a cell is being divided and how chromosomes are protected against degradation, foundation officials said in a statement.
The San Diego-born, 48-year-old Greider is director of molecular biology and genetics at Johns Hopkins Institute of Basic Biomedical Sciences in Baltimore, according to the university. She received a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Ph.D. from U.C Berkeley.
In an interview Monday morning, Greider said she had "no expectation'' of winning the award but that she had seen "information out in the press'' that Greider and her colleagues were contenders for a Nobel Prize.
Blackburn, a professor at University of California, San Francisco, and Greider's mentor at U.C. Berkeley, called the prize an honor and "such a recognition of the UC system."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times