NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Stanford University researcher Roger Kornberg has won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in uncovering the molecular basis of eukaryotic transcription, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said today.
Kornberg, a professor in medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine, was the first to create an actual picture of how transcription works at a molecular level in eukaryotes.
His detailed crystallographic pictures show the new RNA strand gradually developing and the roles other molecules play in the process.
The 2006 Nobel Prize is 10 million Swedish kronor, or $1.36 million.
This is the second Nobel Prize this year for Stanford University; Andrew Fire won the prize for physiology or medicine earlier this week.