Andrew Fire and Craig Mello (seen in the picture above) received the Nobel prize in Medicine for their work on RNA interference, a tool widely used now for gene silencing (even yours truly got on the RNAi bandwagon). Apparently, it was not even a close contest. How can you compete ? They got the much needed "fire" to sustain their drive for success but they are also "mellow" enough to have the patience to stay the course...
(I apologize deeply for that very lame pun). More importantly, Mello is "bringing sexy back" into the field of Science. We are used to Nobel Prize winner in Science looking like either a "ZZ top" clone or Karpov on meth. Mello, he looks more like... let's see... Long dark hair, killer smile, open white shirt.... it rings a bell, doesn't it ?
That's right ! Mello is the Bernard-Henri Levy of Science ! (Except that Mello now has a Nobel Prize whereas Levy has... Arielle Dombasle.)
Anyway, here is to smart men with open white shirt ! Who said Research wasn't sexy ?
( I do not have a man crush on any of them lads....I realize it might have come off that way at 1st glance.)