Carol Greider, Johns Hopkins researcher and a winner of the Nobel prize last week for her work on telomeres, submits to a Q&A with the New York Times. Asked about the timing of this prize -- Greider has for years been shortlisted as a potential laureate -- she responded, "I think it’s clear now that the basic science we did is important to understanding cancers, some human genetic diseases and the age associated degenerative diseases.

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