Nobel Prize Chemistry for 3D imaging of human cells

Oct 05, 2017, 7:09 AM EDT
(Source: Adam Baker/flickr)
(Source: Adam Baker/flickr)

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to a researcher trio, Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson, for their highly detailed, three-dimensional imaging of biomolecules with cryo-electron microscopy techniques.

The researchers’ efforts bare open an invisible biomolecular world with astonishing resolution, thus moving biochemistry to a new era where complex structures and operations within human cells no longer remain obscure, writes The New Yorker.

The techniques explored and developed by the trio provide crucial insight into the functional dynamics of proteins and other biological molecules, offering a roadmap for development of drugs to treat diseases, notes The New York Times.