ribosomes are cool

October 7, 2009 at 1:19 pm | | science and the public, science community

There’s a lot of complaining on the chem blogosphere and in chemistry departments around the world about this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry. What? Going to biologist again!?!?

Personally, I don’t find this year’s chemistry prize at all offensive. We chemists love to tout chemistry as the nexus of all fields of science, from physics to biology. So we shouldn’t be too upset when researchers outside our personal subfield wins a chemistry prize.

Moreover, the chemistry Prize has always been awarded a range of experiments. (Think nuclear physics in the early part of the 20th century.) Biology is today a maturing field with amazing breakthroughs daily, so it’s not┬ásurprising┬áthat biological chemistry wins prizes.

And ribosomes are very cool.


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  1. Amen

    Comment by Wavefunction — October 7, 2009 #

  2. Blah. Turtle soup!

    Comment by Kyle Finchsigmate — October 7, 2009 #

  3. :)

    Comment by sam — October 7, 2009 #

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