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.
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