US Duo and Israeli Win Nobel Chemistry Prize

by VR Sreeraman on  October 8, 2009 at 3:16 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Thomas Steitz of the US and Israel's Ada Yonath on Wednesday won the Nobel Chemistry Prize for their studies on the ribosome, the Nobel jury said.
  • Ada Yonath is the fourth woman to win the Nobel Chemistry Prize
  • Thomas Steitz
  • Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

The trio were honoured for "mapping the ribosome -- one of the cell's most complex machineries -- at the atomic level," it said.

Ribosomes produce proteins, which in turn control the chemistry of all living organisms. They are crucial to life, and are also a major target for new antibiotics.

Source: AFP

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