A conversation with Nobel Prize winner Katalin Karikó on rejection, finally being recognized and her mRNA work
On Monday, researcher Katalin Karikó won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her work on mRNA. Endpoints News interviewed Karikó on Sept. 25, the week before she won the Nobel.
While she became a scientific hero during the pandemic, and in 2021 won the Lasker Award — often considered a precursor to the Nobel — she was ignored for years and eventually shoved out of her position at the University of Pennsylvania. In our interview, she spoke about her career, life, hopes for the future of mRNA, and how her mother used to listen to the radio every October, hoping to hear her daughter’s name among the annual Nobel Prize winners.
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