In the December 20 issue of Science, the research of three Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory scientists and their colleagues was recognized as the "Breakthrough of the Year" for 2002.
Studies by Shiv Grewal, Gregory Hannon, and Rob Martienssen on the properties and mechanisms of "RNA interference" as well as the previously unrecognized connection between RNA interference and epigenetic regulation of chromatin structure were characterized as "a crucial step" and as "the year's most stunning revelations" by the journal, one the most prestigious science weeklies published today.
Researchers at the Carnegie Institute of Washington in Baltimore (Andrew Fire), The University of Massachusetts Medical School (Craig Mello), the University of Virginia (David Allis), and the University of Rochester (Martin Gorovsky) were also named as having contributed significantly to the study of RNA interference in the announcement by Science. For the full story, see http://www.sciencemag.org and the Adobe Acrobat .PDF file here.
For related articles from a recent Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory newsletter, see the following: