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Add More Laureates to That List

The winners of the 2008 Nobel prize in chemistry are Osamu Shimomura, Martin Chalfie, and Roger Tsien for their work on green fluorescent protein. Shimomura first isolated GFP from a jellyfish and showed that it glows under UV light; Chalifie demonstrated that it could tag cells; and Tsien worked on getting it to produce other colors.

At The Daily Transcript, Alex Palazzo is celebrating -- he'd guessed that Tsien would win. "This is a well deserved prize. Flip open any biomedical journal and you'll see why - Green Fluorescent Protein (aka GFP) is probably the most used gene in the world," he writes.

 

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