Nobel Prize in chemistry awarded to 'power of evolution'

Nobel Prize in chemistry awarded to 'power of evolution'

Nobel Prize in chemistry awarded to 'power of evolution'

He said: "When I got the call I was recovering from a college feast".

The other half will jointly go to George P. Smith, of the University of Missouri, and Gregory P. Winter, from Cambridge University, for their work in evolving new proteins.

There will be another party shortly in Cambridge. Winter won for evolving antibodies through phage display to combat autoimmune diseases and in some cases, cure metastatic cancer.

Winter adapted the approach to create useful antibodies, proteins that target and grab onto disease-related targets. Even otherwise, Smith and Winter's work fall squarely in the realm of the future of medicine and they could equally have won in the area of physiology or medicine.

His research career has been based nearly entirely in Cambridge at the Medical Research Council's Laboratory of Molecular Biology and the Centre for Protein Engineering.

When retired biologist George Smith picked up the phone at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, he wasn't expecting it to be the Swedish Academy. When an antibody, or Y-shaped protein, is added to the mix, it binds to the peptide.

Arnold will take one half of the nine million Swedish kronor (US$ 998,618) prize, while Smith and Winter will share the other half.

Dr. Donna Strickland, a Canadian scientist, has officially become one of only three women in the history of the prestigious prize - alongside Marie Curie and Maria Goeppert-Mayer - to win the award.

Arnold also is the second person this week with ties to San Diego to win the Nobel.

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"Directed evolution allows me to rewrite the code of life and particularly to do it to solve human problems", Arnold said of her work in a video released by the National Medal of Technology & Innovation in 2013.

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Three scientists who put evolution to work in the lab have won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

British scientist Dorothy Hodgkin was the next victor, in 1964.

Now let us turn to this year's winners of the Physics Nobels.

This was the 110th Nobel Prize awarded for chemistry since 1901. She received her graduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985. "Proteins aren't designed, they're evolved".

Arnold, 62, was seeking ways to make improved enzymes, which are proteins that encourage chemical reactions to occur.

"At first glance it may seem that the Chemistry Nobel has been "biologised" again. It is a thoroughly worthy Nobel Prize". Nobels also have gone to 27 organizations. "These methods are entirely general and have done both".

He concludes, "Very few research breakthroughs are novel".

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After repeatedly screening and mutating those microbes, she could use them to build a more powerful version of a desired protein. The 77-year-old chemist said his discoveries could not have been made without the earlier work of many others. "Mine was an idea in a line of research that built very naturally on the lines of research that went before".

"What I do is use that algorithm to build new biological things", she said. "Yes, I am in favor of making sure we do as much as we can for our successful faculty". But we'll think hard how we'll do it. The first drug to be produced using this method was adalimumab, used for the rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and inflammatory bowel diseases.

Dorhout said he has noticed an increased diversity in the student body and among participants in chemistry competitions, and believes a closer scrutiny of the selection process for nominating award candidates will further enhance that growth. She is now the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology.

Sir Gregory, the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, has followed a research career based nearly entirely in Cambridge at the Medical Research Council's Laboratory of Molecular Biology and the Centre for Protein Engineering.

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The last time a female scientist won the prestigious award was almost a decade ago.

The 2018 Nobel season continues on Friday with the announcement of the peace prize, and wraps up on Monday with the economics prize.

The University of Missouri has its first ever Nobel Prize.

He has authored and coauthored more than 50 articles in top scientific journals, and he was selected by the American Society of Microbiology for its 2007 Promega Biotechnology Research Award.

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