Nobel Prize 2017: Three get Chemistry award for capturing life in atomic detail

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Nobel Prize 2017 in Chemistry has been awarded to researchers Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank, and Richard Henderson, for their work that developed cryo-electron microscopy.

Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank, and Richard Henderson

Dubochet is affiliated with the University of Lausanne, in Switzerland; Joachim Frank is affiliated with Columbia University in New York; Richard Henderson is affiliated with the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK.

This method has moved biochemistry into a new era," the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in a statement on Wednesday awarding the 9 million 2017 Nobel Prize.

"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."

The development of cryo-electron microscopy has provide crucial for many areas of research, not least in looking at the Zika virus which causes brain-damage in newborns.

Americans have done pretty well in 2017 Nobel Prize awards,  seven of the nine science prizes have gone to researchers from the US.

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