Nobel Prize in chemistry awarded for ribosome research

Ada Yonath, Thomas Steitz and Venkatraman Ramakrishnan will share the prize equally

By Rachel Ehrenberg, 10:38 AM October 7, 2009

DNA gets all the glory, but genetic material wouldn’t be anywhere without ribosomes — cellular protein factories that build everything from insulin to fingernails. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced October 7 that three scientists will share the Nobel Prize in chemistry for unmasking the structure of the ribosome. The work enriched fundamental research on proteins, shed light on how life got going on Earth and is leading to the development of new antibiotics.

Ada Yonath of the ...

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