Gene Discoverer Invited To Nobel Ceremony
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
Last month we told you about this scientist.
Mr. DOUGLAS PRASHER (Scientist): I kind of - I've got a hard-luck story.
MONTAGNE: Now we have an update on Douglas Prasher. Prasher's the man who isolated a protein gene for a glowing jellyfish. When he lost his research funding, three other scientists built on that work, two Americans and one Japanese, and they shared this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry. Meanwhile, Prasher took a job driving a courtesy van.
Mr. PRASHER: I never thought I would enjoy working with people this much because doing science you know, it's kind of a loner thing. But doing this, you know, I meet new people every day, and I hear all kinds of stories - some of which I don't need to hear.
(Soundbite of laughter)
MONTAGNE: This week Douglas Prasher heard something he loved hearing. The American Nobel winners invited him and his wife to the award ceremony in Stockholm. They will thank him in their acceptance speeches, and they'll pay for the trip.
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