Nobel prize in Chemistry awarded to 3 scientists for developing new methods to visualise biomolecules

04 October 2017, 06:05 PM

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2017 has been awarded to three scientists for their remarkable work in developing new methods of visualising biomolecules, such as the Zika virus.

Jacques Dubochet of Switzerland, Joachim Frank of the US and Richard Henderson of the UK were awarded the prize for cryo-electron microsopy. The technique allows scientists to freeze biomolecules in action and "visualise processes they have never previously seen," according to the Nobel statement.

The technique they developed, called cryo-electron microscopy, has allowed the structure of biomolecules to be studied in high-resolution for the first time, an advance that has transformed the field of biochemistry.

First Published: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 05:57 PM

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