Nobel winner J. Michael Bishop '57 at White House stem cell ceremony

Nobel Prize Laureate and Gettysburg College graduate Dr. J. Michael Bishop was present as President Barack Obama signed an order overturning restrictions on funding of human embryonic stem cell research.

Bishop, a member of Gettysburg College's Class of 1957, shared 1989's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He and co-Laureate Harold E. Varmus demonstrated that genes in normal cells can become cancer-causing genes, pointing the way to new strategies for cancer detection and treatment.

J. Michael BishopBishop, chancellor of the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), was among 10 Nobel Laureates invited to attend March 9's White House signing ceremony.

Among many honors, Bishop received the 2003 National Medal of Science and was appointed to the National Cancer Advisory Board by President Bill Clinton. In 1983, Gettysburg College granted him the honorary degree of Doctor of Science.

He is the author of more than 300 research publications and reviews, and of the book How to Win the Nobel Prize: An Unexpected Life in Science, published by Harvard University Press.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences. With a student body of approximately 2,500, it is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

Contact: Jim Hale, online content editor

Signing ceremony

White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy

Posted: Wed, 11 Mar 2009

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