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Wish Nobel winner Dr Ramakrishnan

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Last updated on: October 07, 2009 17:45 IST

It's a proud moment for India. UK-based Indian origin scientist Venkatraman Ramakrishnan has won the 2009 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

The feat comes over a decade after Amartya Sen won the coveted award in 1998 in the field of Economics.

Ramakrishnan was honoured for study of the structure and function of the ribosome. Ribosomes produce proteins, which in turn control the chemistry in all living organisms. As ribosomes are crucial to life, they are also a major target for new antibiotics.

The models that he generated along with American Thomas A Steitz and Isreali scientist Ada E Yonath are now being used by scientists in order to develop new antibiotics, directly assisting the saving of lives and decreasing humanity's suffering.

Wish Dr Venkatraman Ramakrishnan on winning the Chemistry Nobel. Post you messages below...

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