Future of medicine lies in integration of disciplines, say Nobel laureates

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 07 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3647
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Lindau, Germany

    Medicine has become increasingly dependent on drugs generated through chemistry and diagnostics that rely on physics. This century will see further, accelerated entwining of those three disciplines, according to a panel of experts at the 60th Nobel laureate meeting last week in Lindau, Germany.

    The boundaries of biology, chemistry, and physics are artificial ones, “concepts developed from our need to teach,” said Israeli Aaron Ciechanover. His work in elucidating the role of ubiquitin in degrading cellular proteins garnered the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 2004.

    “We have to change our model of work to work in teams,” …

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