“That’s very nice, but don’t let it go to his head.”

This was the response of Peter Agre’s mother upon learning of her son’s 2003 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Peter Agre in a conversation with Claudia Dreifus of the New York Times, tells the story of his mother’s response to the news of his prize and his discovery of Aquaporins in the article, Using a Leadership Role to Put a Human Face on Science published in today’s edition of the New York Times. Aquaporins are proteins in cell membranes that allow the flow of water into and out of cells.

In February, Peter Agre will be the 163rd President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. What will his mother say about that?


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