The Chemistry Behind the 2012 Nobel Prize

The Official Website of the Nobel Prize (www.nobelprize.org) gives little insight into the far reaching importance of Brian Kobilka and Robert Lefkowitz’s work. It states only that the awarding of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2012 was: “for studies of G-protein-coupled receptors”. The two Americans’ innovative work has given us a better understanding of how dramatic […]

Science Behind the Photo #41

Rainbow Crystals X-ray crystallography is one way of finding out what a molecule consists of. It can show which atoms are present in a substance and how they are connected to one another. This involves crystallising the compound, firing X-rays at the crystal and analysing the diffraction pattern that results. However, not all compounds naturally […]