The last of this year’s Nobel Prizes, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was awarded today. This year’s prize went to the development of cryo-electron microscopy, a technique that allows the structures of biomolecules to be revealed where other techniques fail. It also gives scientists insights into how proteins move and interact with other molecules, as well as potentially improving our understanding of how drugs act on protein targets.
There’s more on the scientific background behind this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry via the links below.
References & Further Reading
- The 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry – press release
- The 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry – popular science background
- The 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry – advanced scientific background