Issue Date: February 5, 2007
It's All Chemistry
Following the award of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Roger Kornberg (C&EN, Oct. 9, 2006, page 7), he and his father, Arthur Kornberg, who received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1959, were interviewed on PBS's "The News Hour."
I thought that what Kornberg senior said about the work was a wonderful endorsement of the importance of chemistry: "I've been in awe of Roger's work for a long time, because he's reduced the very complicated, biologic event to chemistry, to molecules, and even atoms. And ultimately, our goal in all of life science is to understand things in chemical terms. So this is a language that is universal. There are no dialects. Chemistry is what matters. And I say this coming from a training in medicine on through the use of enzymes in metabolism."
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