ASU Adds Nobel Laureate Sidney Altman To School Of Life Sciences

By Andrew Bernier
Published: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 4:02pm
Updated: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 4:05pm
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Nobel Laureate Sidney Altman.

Arizona State University’s push as a research institution has been attracting some of the nation’s brightest minds. On Wednesday, it announced it will be adding another Nobel Laureate to its faculty.

Sidney Altman, the 1989 shared Nobel Prize recipient in chemistry will soon be joining ASU’s School of Life Sciences.

Altman’s work is with ribonucleic acid (RNA), a vital molecule that is able to read your DNA and give that information to ribosomes, which make proteins, which make cells, which make you and all living things.

His awarded discovery found RNA can start this process on its own and is not dependant on other molecules as previously thought. It helped the eventual discovery of dozens of RNA molecule types.

Altman has spent time at ASU as a visiting professor and is coming from Yale University. He will be the third laureate on staff and fourth ever at ASU.