Along with two other European scientists, Jacques Dubochet and Joachim Frank, Scottish molecular biologist Richard Henderson has won the Nobel prize in chemistry.
Together they developed new ways of visualizing molecules. Here’s an extract from the Insider magazine report explaining their achievement:
‘Their technique, called cryo-electron microscopy, allows scientists to freeze biomolecules in action and “visualise processes they have never previously seen”, according to the Nobel statement. It means that molecules including bacteria and viruses can be examined in their native, undamaged state. Before the breakthrough, electron microscopes were only suitable for imaging dead matter, because the powerful electron beam destroyed biological material.’
This is another impressive example of the recent achievements by scientists and researchers from Scotland’s universities. See:
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