Three researchers win Nobel Prize in Chemistry

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Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson have won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for “for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution.”

Cryo-electron microscopy is “a cool method for imaging the materials of life,” said Nobel committee member Göran K. Hansson from Stockholm on Wednesday. The development now allows scientists to visualize proteins at the atomic level.

Dubochet, a Swiss citizen, is a professor at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. Joachim Frank, born in Germany, is a Columbia University professor in New York. Richard Henderson, of Scotland, works at Cambridge University in Britain.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded 109 prizes in chemistry. Jacobus Henricus van ‘t Hoff, a pioneer in physical chemistry, won the inaugural award in 1901. Last year, the Nobel committee recognized three chemists who created truly micro machines: engines just a few molecules in size. The researchers defeated molecular equilibrium to design shapes that, like microscopic wheels, move on command.

 

 

Source: News agencies