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Basic tool for making organic molecules wins chemistry Nobel

Three researchers get prize for methods used to make drugs, electronics, plastics

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10:42am, October 6, 2010

The 2010 Nobel Prize in chemistry goes to one American- and two Japanese-born scientists for devising means for spurring extraordinarily useful and efficient reactions that coax carbon-containing molecules to bond with each other. The reactions are some of the most widely used in chemistry, yielding plastics, better light-emitting diodes for computer screens, and numerous medications, including drugs for fighting cancer, asthma and HIV.

Three scientists will share the prize: Richard Heck, who retired in 1989 from the University of Delaware in Newark, Ei-ichi Negishi of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and Akira Suzuki, of Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan.

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