Nobel Prize winner to speak Feb. 10 on 'Origins of Cellular Life' for Littleton-Franklin/York spring lecture

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The College of Agriculture's E.T. York Distinguished Lecturer Series, in conjunction with Auburn University's Littleton-Franklin Lectures, will present Nobel Prize recipient Jack Szostak, a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School delivering a lecture titled "The Origins of Cellular Life" Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. in 113 A Lowder Business Building.

Szostak is an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, and the Alex Rich Distinguished Investigator in the Department of Molecular Biology and the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital. His current research interests are in the laboratory synthesis of self-replicating systems, the origin of life and applied evolutionary chemistry. Szostak is the 2008 recipient of the H.P. Heineken Prize in Biophysics and Biochemistry. In 2009 Szostak shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology with Elizabeth Blackburn and Carol Greider for their work on telomeres and telomerase.

The Littleton-Franklin/York Lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Megan Ross at or (334) 844-3201.

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