His lecture "Stem Cells and Cancer: A Deadly Alliance," cohosted by the Carnegie Institution of Science, the Austrian Science Fund FWF, and the Office of Science & Technology at the Embassy of Austria in Washington, DC, attracted more than 300 guests. The audience learned that, with 1.6 million Americans expected to face cancer in 2012, along with many more people around the world, there is a revolution underway in the field of cancer research. Dr. Knoblich has used the fruit fly, Drosophila, to identify the cellular defects that turn normal stem cells into cancer-initiating cells. He explained the cancer stem cell hypothesis and its impact on treatment and also described how research in fruit flies has solved some of the greatest puzzles in biology, leading to a better understanding of cancer.
A recording of the lecture will be made available shortly via the OST's Web site.
Wittgenstein Prize: http://www.wittgenstein-club.at/det-eng.htm
Jürgen Knoblich: http://www.imba.oeaw.ac.at/research/juergen-knoblich/