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The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 Laureates Announced

Sincere congratulations to this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry Laureates, Dr. Jacques Dubochet, Dr. Joachim Frank and Dr. Richard Henderson. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (RSAS) has honored the three researchers for their work in developing cryo-electron microscopy.

Dr. Jacques Dubochet, Honorary Professor of Biophysics at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, focused on cryo-electron microscopy and tomography throughout his illustrious career. He made many contributions to the science, but perhaps the most significant was his vitrification method, developed in the early 1980s.

Dr. Joachim Frank, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and Columbia University, United States, is the biophysicist credited with making single-particle cryo-electron microscopy broadly applicable. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he developed the image processing method that is essential to generating the sharp three-dimensional structures that electron microscopy is now known for.

Dr. Richard Henderson, Honorary Fellow Corpus Christi College Cambridge University and Honorary Member of the British Biophysical Society, used electron microscopy in a number of important breakthroughs, including solving the structure of membrane proteins such as bacteriorhodopsin (bR).

Congratulations again to the three recipients of this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry. It is certainly well deserved.

Read publications in BBA journals by Dr. Richard Henderson and Dr. Joachim Frank.

Benchmarking the stability of human detergent-solubilised voltage-gated sodium channels for structural studies using eel as a reference

Slowik, D., Henderson, R.
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Biomembranes, Volume 1848, Issue 7, July 2015

Crystallographic analysis of protein conformational changes in the bacteriorhodopsin photocycle

Subramaniam, S., Henderson, R.
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Bioenergetics, Volume 1460, Issue 1, 30 August 2000

Herbicide binding and thermal stability of photosystem II isolated from Thermosynechococcus elongatus

Zimmermann, K., Heck, M., Frank, J., Kern, J., Vass, I., Zouni, A.
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Bioenergetics, Volume 1757, Issue 2, February 2006

Colloidal properties of human transferrin receptor in detergent free solution

Schüler, J., Frank, J., Behlke, J., Saenger, W., Georgalis, Y.
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Protein Structure and Molecular Enzymology, Volume 1480, Issues 1–2, 14 July 2000

Interaction of the fluorescent probe RH421 with ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase and with Na+,K+-ATPase membrane fragments

Frank, J., Zouni, A., Van Hoek, A., Visser, A.J.W.G., Clarke, R.J.
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta – Biomembranes, Volume 1280, Issue 1, 3 April 1996

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