What’s it like to win a Nobel Prize?

The N.C. Biotechnology Center is offering some insight.

A podcast featuring Oliver Smithies, co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, is now available from the Biotech Center..

Smithies is a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During the pod cast, Smithies discusses winning the Nobel Prize, how he was recruited to his current university post as well as the state of life sciences in North Carolina.

“Research Triangle Park has pushed North Carolina to the forefront of biotechnology in the United States,” said Smithies. “The future of the life sciences industry depends on our ability to continue to support its research and educate our citizens about the public health benefits of its continued development.”

Smithies work leading to the ability to modify genes in predictable ways earned him the 2007 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine along with Mario R. Capecchi of the University of Utah ’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Sir Martin J. Evans of the United Kingdom. Smithies is also credited with greatly improving gel electrophoresis, a process of separating proteins to identify genes, which simplified the procedure and became standard in laboratories.

Check the Web link with this article to hear the podcast.