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Winners in Chemistry

The recipients of the 2009 Nobel Prize in chemistry are Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas Steitz, and Ada Yonath, reports the New York Times. The researchers independently used X-ray crystallography to study the structure of the ribosome and how it translates nucleic acids into proteins. They each also generated 3D models of the process. "This knowledge can be put to a practical and immediate use; many of today's antibiotics cure various diseases by blocking the function of bacterial ribosomes," says a press release from the Nobel foundation.

In the Daily Scan poll of potential winners — which like in physics, we missed out on the actual winners — the leader was Jacqueline Barton. Better luck next time.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.