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  1. Provides a great example of the vital part chemistry plays in our understanding of modern biology, biochemistry, medicine etc etc.
    Also nicely validates why our Honours Biochemistry course has “Chemistry” as an essential school qualification (UK A level).

  2. Curious Wavefunction
    Oct 10 - 7:57 AM

    I don’t get it. Chemistry traditionally deals with structure and function. It is the study of matter of all kinds at the molecular level. GPCRs fit this definition. Why would chemists complain when structure is awarded a prize? Plus, crystallographers have been awarded chemistry Nobels since 1962 (Perutz and Kendrew) and nobody seems to have complained then.

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  4. Jonny
    Oct 10 - 10:23 AM

    Peter Agre and Roderick MacKinnon, Nobel laureates in Chemistry from 2002, are both MDs.

    • David Kroll
      Oct 10 - 10:29 AM

      Superb correction, Jonny! And both have only MD degrees, no PhD among them. I should know this because Peter Agre turned me down for a job when he was at Duke.

      Or perhaps this is why he turned me down!

      btw, that prize was in 2003, not 2002.

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  6. Pat Owens
    Oct 10 - 1:42 PM


    Thank you for your article; GPCR’s are very important molecules with fascinating designs and utility.

    This is a particularly noteworthy Chemistry Nobel that chemists should widely celebrate. What makes Chemistry the central science is its molecular focus; what makes Chemistry so fascinating to humans are the many varied and wonderful applications of fundamental chemistry.

    For a number of years, our Freshman General Chemistry program for science majors has had a dedicated lesson on GPCR’s and their mechanisms of action. This is followed by a series of lessons on the various medicines and drugs that modulate adrenergeric, muscarinic, opioid, dopamine, serotonin, and other GPCR receptor activity. Chemistry is an exciting field and GPCR’s are an important chemistry discovery.

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