TITLE

Yalow, Rosalyn Sussman

PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Encyclopedia
DOC. TYPE
Reference Entry
ABSTRACT
Yalow, Rosalyn Sussman (1921-), an American medical physicist, helped develop a highly sensitive medical test called radioimmunoassay (RIA) that is used to examine human blood and tissue for disease. The RIA �tags� substances in the blood with a radioactive label, so that even tiny quantities of an antigen, such as bacteria or a toxin, can be detected and measured. Yalow and Solomon A. Berson first used this process in 1959 to study insulin concentration in the blood of diabetics. Yalow shared the 1977 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine with French-born American physiologist Roger Charles Guillemin and American biochemist Andrew Victor Schally .
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37309351

 

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