Feeds

Chemistry Nobel goes to Stanford DNA man

Lives up to Dad

Protecting against web application threats using SSL

A Stanford structural biologist has followed in his father's footsteps by bagging a Nobel Prize. Roger Kornberg was awarded the medal today for his work revealing some of the molecular jiggery-pokery which turns information held by DNA into functioning proteins.

In a cell, DNA is first copied to close chemical cousin RNA, which acts as a messenger to get the DNA's bidding done. Roger Kornberg did the hardcore chemistry required to find out how the transcribing mechanism actually works on a molecular level, which in turn has enabled scientists and medical researchers to interfere with it.

Reuters reports Kornberg said he was "stunned" at the honour.

The Kornbergs are something of a dynasty in molecular genetics. Roger's brother Thomas discovered DNA polymerase II and III, which are the "molecular machines" which do DNA copying and transcribing.

Daddy Kornberg Arthur won the Nobel 47 years ago for isolating the first DNA polymerase. Roger Kornberg's award makes them the sixth father and son to have won a Nobel prize.

The chemistry Nobel is the last of this year's science prizes. ®

Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management

More from The Register

next story
PORTAL TO ELSEWHERE scried in small galaxy far, far away
Supermassive black hole dominates titchy star formation
Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around
Surprises at the nano-scale mean our ideas about how they charge could be all wrong
Edge Research Lab to tackle chilly LOHAN's final test flight
Our US allies to probe potential Vulture 2 servo freeze
Europe prepares to INVADE comet: Rosetta landing site chosen
No word yet on whether backup site is labelled 'K'
Cracked it - Vulture 2 power podule fires servos for 4 HOURS
Pixhawk avionics juice issue sorted, onwards to Spaceport America
Archaeologists and robots on hunt for more Antikythera pieces
How much of the world's oldest computer can they find?
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.