The 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

By | October 4, 2017

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award The 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Hendersonfor 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

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