US scientists win 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

10 October 2012 14:06  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--US scientists Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced on Wednesday.

Lefkowitz and Kobilka won the prize for discoveries on the inner workings of 'G-protein–coupled receptors' - a family of receptors that enable the body to sense its environment so that it can adapt to new situations, the academy said.

“The studies by Lefkowitz and Kobilka are crucial for understanding how G-protein–coupled receptors function,” it added.

Lefkowitz is from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Duke University Medical Center, at Durham, North Carolina. Kobilka is from the Stanford University School of Medicine, at Stanford, California.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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