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3 awarded Nobel Prize in chemistry for developments in electron microscopy

Three scientists who developed new ways to capture the clearest snapshots of life's complex molecules have been awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry.

Jacques Dubochet of the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, Joachim Frank of Columbia University in New York and Richard Henderson of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge share the $1.1 million prize for their contributions to cryo-electron microscopy. This technique has allowed researchers to study all kinds of biomolecules in unprecedented detail, from the proteins in our bodies to the viruses that attack us. And scientists say it will help them make breakthroughs in fighting diseases, developing pharmaceuticals and even improving agriculture.

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