The 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award The 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson “for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution.”
Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson won The 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
- The prize has been awarded for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution.
How will it be helpful?
- With Cryo-electron microscopy, researchers can now freeze the mid-movement of biomolecules and can visualise processes they have never seen.
- It can reveal the structure of the molecules of life in exquisite detail.
- This will be decisive for both the basic understanding of chemistry and for the development of pharmaceuticals.
- The technique will make it possible to see biomolecules in 3D after rapidly freezing them at -150°C, preserving their natural shape.
- The development of cryo-electron microscopy will be crucial for many areas of research, particularly in looking at the Zika virus which causes brain-damage in newborns.
- This kind of knowledge will enable scientists to understand better how the living systems operate at the molecular level.
Press release: goo.gl/ZpPKjm