VIDEO: Penn scientist tells parents he won Nobel Prize

Drew Weissman, pictured with his wife, calls his parents to tell them that he has been awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine. (Screen grab/Penn Medicine)

By Patrick Berkery

October 11, 2023

Drew Weissman, along with fellow Penn scientist Katalin Karikó, was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine recently for discoveries that enabled the creation of mRNA vaccines against COVID-19.

You’d be this excited too if your son just told you that he won the Nobel Prize.

This video shows Drew Weissman, a research scientist from the University of Pennsylvania, telling his parents that he won the Nobel Prize in medicine. His mother’s reaction is pretty priceless.

“Congratulations, sweetheart,” Weissman’s mother can be heard saying. “You’re the product of our hearts, Drew.”

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You’d be this excited too if your son just told you that he won the Nobel Prize. This video shows Drew Weissman, a research scientist from the University of Pennsylvania, telling his parents that he won the Nobel Prize in medicine. His mother’s reaction is pretty priceless. “Congratulations, sweetheart,” Weissman’s mother can be heard saying. “You’re the product of our hearts, Drew.” Weissman, along with fellow Penn scientist Katalin Karikó, was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine last week for discoveries that enabled the creation of mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 and that could be used to develop other shots in the future. Weissman and Karikó were cited for contributing “to the unprecedented rate of vaccine development during one of the greatest threats to human health in modern times,” according to the panel that awarded the prize in Stockholm. The panel said the pair’s “groundbreaking findings … fundamentally changed our understanding of how mRNA interacts with our immune system.” Weissman, 64, is a professor and director of the Penn Institute for RNA Innovations. “The future is just so incredible,” Weissman said. “We’ve been thinking for years about everything that we could do with RNA, and now it’s here.” @pennmedicine 🎥 Storyful via Penn Medicine ✏️ ✒️ : @patrickdberkery #NobelPrize #UPenn #NewsUpdate #CovidResearch

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Weissman, along with fellow Penn scientist Katalin Karikó, was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine recently for discoveries that enabled the creation of mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 and that could be used to develop other shots in the future.

Weissman and Karikó were cited for contributing “to the unprecedented rate of vaccine development during one of the greatest threats to human health in modern times,” according to the panel that awarded the prize in Stockholm.

The panel said the pair’s “groundbreaking findings … fundamentally changed our understanding of how mRNA interacts with our immune system.”

Weissman, 64, is a professor and director of the Penn Institute for RNA Innovations.

“The future is just so incredible,” Weissman said. “We’ve been thinking for years about everything that we could do with RNA, and now it’s here.”

 

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