The locals refer to the series of Nobel activities starting tomorrow as The Magic Week. Works for me—I have experienced a generous dose of magic since arriving yesterday. Elegant hotel. Comfy bathrobe. Monogrammed slippers. Stunning green marble (or is that granite?) in the bathroom.
A room that feels like an ocean liner stateroom. And a “continental” breakfast (enough for two meals!) that arrived this morning with a plate of gluten-free bread.
Seriously? Gluten-free bread delivered to my doorstep? This is the first time in 15 years I’ve had a hotel breakfast with bread I can eat—that is, it’s the first time it has EVER happened. The local high incidence of celiac, an autoimmune disease, seems to be the likely explanation for my good fortune.
But of course the real magic this week revolves around the science—the discovery of induced pluripotent stem cell technology from a man named Shinya Yamanaka. Watch a bit of that here and you’ll see what I mean.
A Nobel Discovery to Fight Disease from The Gladstone Institutes on Vimeo.