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The Scientist profiles Aaron Chiechanover, who shared the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation ― a determination he made as part of his PhD thesis. “We didn’t set out to identify ubiquitin. We didn’t know anything about ubiquitin or its function,” Ciechanover tellsThe Scientist. “We were studying intracellular proteolysis and we bumped into it.”

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