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Microscope Trailblazers Win 2017 Nobel Chemistry Prize

Published on October 05, 2017
Scientists Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

Microscope Trailblazers Win 2017 Nobel Chemistry Prize

  • They got the award for developing cryo-electron microscopy which simplifies and improves the imaging of biomolecules.

Cryo-Electron Microscopy


  • Cryo-electron microscopy has enabled scientists to fill in previously blank spaces in research, generating images of everything from proteins that cause antibiotic resistance, to the surface of the Zika virus.
  • Researchers can now freeze biomolecules mid-movement and visualise processes they have never previously seen, which is decisive for both the basic understanding of life's chemistry and for the development of pharmaceuticals.

About Nobel Prize


  • The Nobel Prize is a set of annual international awards bestowed in several categories by Swedish and Norwegian institutions in recognition of academic, cultural or scientific advances.
  • The will of the Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel established the prizes in 1895. 
  • The prizes in Chemistry, Literature, Peace, Physics and Physiology or Medicine were first awarded in 1901
  • The prize ceremonies take place annually in Stockholm, Sweden with the exception of the peace prize, which is held in Oslo, Norway

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