Trio awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry for solving ribosome riddle
Two Americans and one Israeli scientists will be awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Americans Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Thomas Steitz and Israeli Ada Yonath have been awarded the prize for mapping life-saving ribosome. The breakthrough has been instrumental in developing new anti-biotics. Ribosome produces protein, functions at the atomic level.
Ada Yonath is the first Israeli woman to be awarded the prize. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan is of Indian heritage.
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Three scientists who produced an atom-by-atom map of the mysterious, life-giving ribosome won the Nobel Prize for chemistry on Wednesday, a breakthrough that has been vital for the development of new antibiotics.
While DNA molecules contain the blueprint for life inside each cell of every organism, it is the ribosome that translates that information into life.
Americans Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Thomas Steitz and Israeli Ada Yonath shared the 10 million Swedish crowns ($1.4 million) prize for showing how the ribosome, which produces protein, functions at the atomic level.
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