Robert J Lefkowitz and Brian K Kobilka wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2012

Robert J Lefkowitz and Brian K Kobilka wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2012.

Two US researchers have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the year 2012 for uncovering and mapping a key mechanism used by cells to detect and respond to the presence of hormones and other chemicals they encounter, a mechanism seen as vital to the pharmaceutical industry’s development of new drugs.

The prize, which carries an 8 million krona ($1.2 million US) purse, was given to Robert Lefkowitz of Duke University in Durham, N.C., and the Maryland-based Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and to Brian Kobilka of Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.

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