Alexey Olovnikov

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Alexey Matveyevich Olovnikov (Russian: Алексей Матвеевич Оловников; born 10 October 1936 in Vladivostok, Russia) is a Russian biologist. In 1971, he was the first to recognize the problem of telomere shortening, to predict the existence of telomerase, and to suggest the telomere hypothesis of aging and the relationship of telomeres to cancer[1][2][3][4] He was not awarded a share of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, awarded for the discovery of the enzyme and its biological significance.[clarification needed] In 2009 he was awarded Demidov Prize of the Russian Academy of Sciences.


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  2. ^ Borisov, Alexander (5 October 2009). Открытие потеряло русский след (in Russian). Archived from the original on October 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
  3. ^ Скулачев: Нобелевский комитет "забыл" дать премию российскому биологу (in Russian). RIA Novosti. 5 October 2009. Archived from the original on 8 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
  4. ^ Calder, Nigel (2003). Magic universe: the Oxford guide to modern science. Oxford University Press. p. 424. ISBN 978-0-19-850792-5.

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