U.S. Scientists Win Chemistry Nobel

U.S. Scientists Win Chemistry Nobel

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Two U.S. scientists shared the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for learning how cells respond to the world around them, a finding that underpins many prescription drugs on the market today, from beta blockers and antihistamines to various kinds of psychiatric medications.

Brian Kobilka, 57, of Stanford University Medical School, and 69-year-old Robert Lefkowitz, of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., will split the $1.2 million award for research that revealed the workings of a fundamental family of cell sensors called the G-protein-coupled receptors.

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