Live videocast: President presents Medal of Science to Rudolf Jaenisch

At 2:30 pm EST today, President Obama will present the National Medal of Science to Whitehead Institute Founding Member Rudolf Jaenisch.

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The President announced in late September that Jaenisch is among seven researchers to receive the 2011 National Medal of Science. Jaenisch is being lauded “for improving our understanding of epigenetic regulation of gene expression: the biological mechanisms that affect how genetic information is variably expressed. His work has led to major advances in our understanding of mammalian cloning and embryonic stem cells.”

Jaenisch is Whitehead Institute’s third National Medal of Science recipient. Lindquist received the medal last year, while founding Member Robert Weinberg garnered the honor in 1997.