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Honoring Dr. Irwin Rose

Location: Washington, DC

HONORING DR. IRWIN ROSE -- (Extensions of Remarks - November 18, 2004)

Mr. HOEFFEL. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Dr. Irwin Rose, who shares the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with his colleagues Dr. Avram Hershko and Dr. Aaron Ciechanover of Israel. Dr. Rose is a former resident of Abington, PA and had a distinguished career conducting research at the Fox Chase Cancer Center and elsewhere.

Dr. Rose was raised in Spokane, WA. He studied at Washington State College, served as a radio technician near the end of World War II, and then earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Chicago. He served for 9 years on the faculty of Yale Medical School. He then worked at the Fox Chase Cancer Center from 1963 to 1995. His wife of 49 years, Zelda Budenstein Rose, is also a biochemist. They have a daughter and three sons.

The research for which Dr. Rose is being awarded the Nobel Prize deals with a certain regulatory protein that is present everywhere in plant and animal cells. The significance of this protein lies in its functions as a destroyer of proteins that are no longer needed and a regulator of certain proteins used in cell reproduction. Because several diseases that are yet uncured, such as cancer and cystic fibrosis, result from errors in the cell reproductive process, Dr. Rose's research provides us with new hope in the search for cures.

It is my pleasure to recognize Dr. Irwin Rose for his contributions to the field of biochemistry. I congratulate him on being awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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