4 October 2017
The Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2017 has been awarded to Jacques Dubochet (University of Lausanne, Switzerland), Joachim Frank (Columbia University, New York, USA) and Richard Henderson (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK) for "developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution". In response to this news, the British Society for Immunology has released the following statement:
Professor Daniel Davis, British Society for Immunology spokesperson, Professor of Immunology at the University of Manchester and author of The Compatibility Gene, said:
“Cryo-electron microscopy is one of those techniques so basic and important that its use spans all of biology – including understanding the human body and human disease and in designing new medicines. Many of the key molecules and proteins that allow our immune system to work have been visualised in unprecedented detail with this technology. It has been used in visualising the way in which antibodies can work to stop viruses being dangerous, leading to new ideas for medicines – as just one example.”
You can find out more background information on their work on the Nobel Prize website.