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Nobel Prize winner Sidney Altman joins Arizona State faculty

PHOENIX — A Nobel Prize winner has joined the faculty at Arizona State University, the school announced Wednesday.

Sidney Altman, who won a piece of the coveted international award for his work in chemistry in 1989, will be sharing his expertise with the School of Life Sciences.

Altman is already familiar with the Tempe campus.

He has visited the university as recently as last year, when he hosted a six-week seminar. He has also maintained a long friendship with ASU professor Lawrence Krauss.

“My friendship with (Krauss) was probably what drew me there,” Altman told ASU News.


Altman’s discovery that ribonucleic acid can act as a catalyst in cell reaction was a breakthrough in the field.

RNA, in part, codes and decodes genes.

The Canadian-born Altman has worked at Yale, Harvard and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England.

He will be the third Nobel Laureate who has worked at the school.

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