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Gregg L. Semenza
(1 Jul 1956 - )

American biochemist, geneticist and oncologist who shared the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Science Quotes by Gregg L. Semenza (4 quotes)

Cancer cells invade surrounding tissue, make their way into blood vessels, and spread throughout the body. What are they searching for? My guess is oxygen.
— Gregg L. Semenza
In Acceptance Remarks, 2016 Lasker Awards Ceremony, published in 'Oxygen Sensing – An Essential Process for Survival', on website.
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Many of us who conduct biomedical research do so with what could be described as a religious fervor. This would not have come as a surprise to Mary Lasker. She once told a reporter, “I am opposed to heart attacks and cancer the way one is opposed to sin.” Amen.
— Gregg L. Semenza
Acceptance Remarks, 2016 Lasker Awards Ceremony, published in 'Oxygen Sensing – An Essential Process for Survival', on website.
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This is my religion: I am filled with Wonder at the outcome of 4 billion years of evolution here on our speck in the universe and Hope regarding our opportunity to improve the lives of those around us through basic science discoveries and their translation to clinical practice.
— Gregg L. Semenza
In Acceptance Remarks, 2016 Lasker Awards Ceremony, published in 'Oxygen Sensing – An Essential Process for Survival', on website.
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You can try many different conditions, but if you get a negative result, you never know if you’re getting closer or farther away.
— Gregg L. Semenza
Concerning his research for identification of transcription factors. As quoted in Farooq Ahmed, 'Profile of Gregg L. Semenza', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (17 Aug 2010), 107, No. 33, 14522.
Science quotes on:  |  Condition (362)  |  Negative (66)  |  Research (753)  |  Result (700)  |  Success (327)

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