(photo credit: Courtesy Technion)
Prof. Avraham Hershko and Prof. Aharon Ciechanover, the two Technion-Israel
Institute of Technology researchers who received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry
in 2004, have been chosen to join the Academy of the American Association for
Cancer Research, the world’s most important group in biology and
Also chosen was Prof. Irwin Rose of the University of
California, who shared the Nobel with them. The three were recognized by the
Nobel Prize Foundation for their discovery of ubiquitin-mediated protein
degradation in all cells that led to the development of new cancer
The AACR will inaugurate the first “class” of academy associates,
including the three laureates, at its next annual meeting. The academy was
established recently to recognize and become familiar with leading scientists
who have made significant advances in the struggle against cancer.
three and other associates – who will eventually grow to 106 members – were
chosen through an objective peer-review process on the basis of their
achievements, the Technion said on Wednesday.
The number 106 was chosen
for the number of years that have passed since the establishment of the
The AACR said it recognized the three for their “immense
contribution” in the field of cancer research.
One of the other
associates is Dr. James Watson, who with the late Dr. Francis Crick discovered
the double-helix shape of DNA.