BEACON TRANSCRIPT – October 04th came with a new announcement from the Royal Swedish Academy of Science. This released the name of the three laureates of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and these are Jacques Dubochet, Richard Henderson, and Joachim Frank.
The academy declared that the winners were awarded “for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution”.
The 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Honors Invention that Targets Biomolecules
The invention or more precisely, technology, that won the Nobel in Chemistry 2017 was presented as having simplified and also improved the imaging process of molecules. These three scientists developed cryo-electron microscopy, which is capable of creating 3D images of biomolecules.
Cryo-microscopy is reportedly useful in freezing live bio-molecules, which is helpful when trying to take pictures of them. Through the process, the technology can then create a three-dimensional image of these life processes. For example, this could show the movement of molecules and proteins.
Specialists consider that this new technology could be the base behind a rapid advancement in studies targeting bio-systems in organisms. In turn, this would help fasten the development process of pharmaceutical research.
“It’s like frames in a movie. Each of these pictures represents a frame and they can be put together into a movie and we can see what the molecules do,” states Peter Brzezinski. He is part of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry.
The technology was already tested and used in a study of the Zika virus. It was utilized for generating 3D images of proteins which were established to be antibiotic resistant.
This had remained unstudied as they couldn’t be mapped and as such, remained as just opaque regions in the cells.
Many consider the cryo-electron microscopy a “scientific breakthrough”. They point out that this invention basically the human eye “see” previously invisible objects.
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