Nobel Prize in Chemistry

October 5, 2006

On Wednesday, Roger Kornberg, a professor at Stanford University’s medical school, was named winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for his studies of the molecular basis of eukaryotic transcription.” According to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Kornberg created a picture of transcription ­ the process by which information stored in genes is copied, moves to the outer parts of the cells, and is used for the production of proteins that construct organisms and their functions. (See http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/chemistry/laureates/2006/ )