Richard Axel life and biography

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Richard Axel biography

Date of birth : 1946-07-02
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Brooklyn, New York, United States
Nationality : American
Category : Science and Technology
Last modified : 2011-08-12
Credited as : Doctor scientist, Neuroscience,

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Richard Axel is an American neuroscientist whose work on the olfactory system won him and Linda B. Buck, a former post-doctoral scientist in his research group, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2004.

For his research into research on the olfactory system, neurobiologist Richard Axel and Linda B. Buck shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2004. Their work detailed about a thousand genes involved in laboratory rats' sense of smell. Earlier in his career, Axel developed a process called cotransformation, widely used in pharmaceutical research, which allows foreign DNA to be inserted inside a host cell to trigger production of certain proteins. Axel's half of the Nobel cash stipend was about $650,000.

As a teenager, he played for the basketball team at Manhattan's Stuyvesant High School, and he still remembers a game where he scored two points against Power High's Lew Alcindor (who scored 53). Axel has said he attended medical school mainly to obtain a deferment from America's war in Vietnam, and that he was granted his medical degree only with by promising never to actually practice medicine.


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