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Winner of 2004 EMBO Science Writing Prize Announced

The winner of the 2004 EMBO Science Writing Prize is Matthew Bottomley of the Istituto di Ricerche di Biologia Molecolare in Rome, Italy. The winning piece, entitled From Hawaii with Love, takes a novel and entertaining look at the use of quorum-sensing systems in transcriptional regulation of bacteria.

The EMBO Science Writing Prize is awarded annually for an outstanding piece of science writing that effectively communicates a topical issue to a non-scientific audience. Matthew Bottomleys innovative text fulfils this criterion on every level. The lively dialogue relates double agent James Ponds mission to combat the deadly Pseudo bacteria currently a leading cause of hospital-acquired infections. Set in Hawaii, the exotic tale tells how Pond stumbles across the phenomenon of the glowing Bobtail Squid and learns how its quorum-sensing technology can be used in the fight against the Pseudo bacteria. English-born, Matthew Bottomley currently lives and works in Rome, Italy. His research at the Istituto di Ricerche di Biologia Molecolare focuses on biophysical studies of protein structures involved in chromatin structure or transcription. The young researchers first post-doctoral position at EMBL in Heidelberg was supported by an EMBO Long-Term Fellowship. Asked to elaborate on the inspiration behind his text, Bottomley commented that he had long been looking for an appropriate medium to communicate this fascinating story. It was really my brother-in-law who gave me the James Bond idea. After hearing the whole bizarre story of the glowing squid, his immediate response was that it sounded like a scene from a James Bond film. That was it James Pond was born and it was then a race against time (very Bond-like) to write the article before the deadline expired! The prize and award of 1,500 Euro will be presented to the winner at the EMBO Members Meeting in October of this year. Read the winning entry at: , Contact the winner at E-mail: matthew_bottomley@merck.comProgramme Contact:,Andrew Moore ,Science & Society Programme Manager ,EMBO ,Meyerhofstrasse 1 ,D-69117 Heidelberg ,Germany ,Tel. +49 (0)6221 8891 109 ,Fax. +49 (0)6221 8891 209 ,E-mail: Press Contact:,Lindsay Johnson,Communications Officer,EMBO ,Postfach 102240 ,D69012 Heidelberg ,Tel: +49 6221 8891 108 ,Fax: +49 6221 8891 210,E-mail: EMBO ,The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), established in 1964, actively promotes biosciences in Europe. It does this by developing a strong transnational approach to molecular biology and identifying measures that support research and the training of scientists in this area. EMBO places the emphasis on scientific criteria in all its activities.