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Altman, Sidney,

1939–, Canadian-American molecular biologist, b. Montreal, Ph.D., Univ. of Colorado, 1967. A professor at Yale Univ. since 1971, he discovered that RNA could function as enzymes; it was previously thought that enzymatic activity was only possible in protein molecules. His discovery has a potential use in fighting viral infections. For this work, Altman shared the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physics with Thomas CechCech, Thomas Robert
, 1947–, American microbiologist, b. Chicago, grad. Univ. of California, Berkeley. A professor at the Univ. of Colorado, he discovered that RNA could function as enzymes; it was previously thought that enzymatic activity was only possible in protein
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Altman, Sidney

(1939–  ) biochemist; born in Montreal, Canada. He became affiliated with Yale in 1971 and holds dual citizenship. He showed that the RNA molecule could rearrange itself, thereby altering the material it produces without requiring an enzyme. This was a major breakthrough in our understanding of genetic processes. He and Thomas Cech shared the Nobel Prize for chemistry (1989).
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BIRTHDAYS: Sidney Altman, Nobel-prize chemist, 76; Richard O'Sullivan, actor, 71; Anne Dudley, musician and composer, 59; Traci Lords, actress, 47; Eagle-Eye Cherry, singer, 46; Breckin Meyer, actor, 41; Kate Lawler, former Big Brother winner, now DJ, 35; Matt Helders, drummer (Arctic Monkeys), 29.
Thomas Cech and Sidney Altman share the Nobel for finding that certain RNA molecules, called ribozymes, can cut and join each other--replication.
Thomas Cech at the University of Colorado and Sidney Altman at Yale, found that RNA could act as a catalyst by speeding up a chemical reaction and yet being unchanged in the process - a feat normally reserved for enzymes.
BIRTHDAYS Sidney Altman, Nobel Prize-winning chemist, 69; Richard O'Sullivan, actor, 64; Anne Dudley, musician and composer, 52; Traci Lords, actress, 40; Eagle-Eye Cherry, singer, 39; Breckin Meyer, actor, 34; Kate Lawler, (pictured) former Big Brother winner, now a DJ, 28.
In what wags have dubbed the Heir of the Dog case, Marie Dana is fighting a 15-year-old rich bitch called Samantha for the fortune of pet-loving tycoon Sidney Altman.
Marie Dana, aged 32, lived with Mr Sidney Altman, who died in 1996.
Marie Dana, 32, says she and bathroom fixture magnate Sidney Altman and his beloved pooch Samantha shared the same home for about six years until he died Feb.
is a biotechnology company developing External Guide Sequences (EGSs), which the Company believes will be a broad enabling technology based upon Nobel-Prize winning research by Sidney Altman, Ph.
Sidney Altman delivered the Inaugural Keynote address at the Bangalore Bio 2008
BIRTHDAYS: Sidney Altman, Nobel-prize chemist, 75; Richard O'Sullivan, actor, 70; Anne Dudley, musician and composer, 58; Traci Lords, actress, 46; Eagle-Eye Cherry, singer, 43; Breckin Meyer, actor, 40; Kate Lawler, former Big Brother winner, now DJ, 34.
Businessman Sidney Altman left his fortune to his spaniel Samantha when he died of a heart attack.