Nobel fever hit the science world this week, with this year’s awards going to parasite-zapping drugs, a DNA repair kit, and the mystery of missing neutrinos. In this roundup of the winners, Ira talks with chemistry prize recipient Aziz Sancar about his work on DNA damage and repair, a system essential to our survival. Physics winner Arthur McDonald joins to talk about his hunt for missing neutrinos, which revealed that the subatomic particles have mass, contrary to predictions by the Standard Model.
Then, medicine winner Bill Campbell recounts his work sifting through 40,000 microbes to find an anti-parasitic compound. And Peter Agre, a malaria researcher who won the chemistry prize in 2003, joins to tell the story of Chinese winner Tu YouYou, who shares the medicine prize for her work isolating the anti-malarial compound artemisinin.
Produced by Christopher Intagliata, Senior Producer