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Wed Oct 10, 2012, 06:39 AM

Two U.S. scientists win Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Source: AP

Americans Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka won the 2012 Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for studies of protein receptors that let body cells sense and respond to outside signals. Such studies are key for developing better drugs.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the two researchers had made groundbreaking discoveries, mainly in the 1980s, on an important family of receptors, known as G-protein-coupled receptors.

About half of all medications act on these receptors, so learning about them will help scientists to come up with better drugs.

The human body has about 1,000 kinds of such receptors, structures on the surface of cells, which let the body respond to a wide variety of chemical signals, like adrenaline. Some receptors are in the nose, tongue and eyes, and let us sense smells, tastes and light.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20121010/nobel-chemistry/

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Wed Oct 10, 2012, 08:26 AM

1. Congrats to two Duke laureates

On current, one former.

From a diehard Carolina Tar Heel down the road.

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