Massachusetts General Hospital's Jack Szostak tells The New York Times that his work on telomeres, which led him to win the 2009 Nobel Prize, started out as a "side project." Szostak was interested in recombination, and he became interested in telomeres because they do not recombine. And he then worked with Elizabeth Blackburn, who shared the Nobel with him.

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