publication date: Thursday, March 11, 2021 (part of Spring 2021)

category: Science

clue: This Hungarian biochemist has given a real shot in the arm to RNA science. She deserves a crown this year.

explanation: Karikó developed a means to suppress the body's immune response to mRNA medication, making it possible to treat countless diseases and to develop a vaccine against the coronavirus ("crown") that causes COVID-19. more…

difficulty: medium

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Samir Mehta, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, and Erik Bates


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