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Nobel Prize Winner to Speak on Understanding Cancer


September 15, 2009 — Nobel Prize winner J. Michael Bishop will discuss the discovery that normal genes can cause cancer under certain circumstances Friday, Sept. 25, at 2:10 p.m. in the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture auditorium.

Bishop and his collaborator Harold E. Varmus were awarded the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for advancements in understanding cancer and the discovery of the cellular origins of retroviral oncogenes.

Bishop was educated in a two-room, rural schoolhouse in Pennsylvania where science was rarely mentioned. In his autobiography "How to Win the Nobel Prize-An Unexpected Life in Science," he argued that scientists need to communicate better with the general public.

Bishop is the former chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco, and a professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

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Nobel Prize winner J. Michael Bishop will speak Friday, Sept. 25, at 2:10 p.m. in the UW College of Agriculture auditorium.

Posted on Friday, September 18, 2009

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