"Throughout history, observations of structure, from Hooke’s cells to the beaks of Darwin’s finches, have provided insights necessary to understand how life works. This is particularly true in structural biology, a discipline focused on visualizing life at its most fundamental. Discoveries of the atomic structures of important proteins and biological molecules have been among the most celebrated in science and have generated more than a dozen Nobel Prizes, new fields of research, and multibillion-dollar companies."
To celebrate the new Harvard Cryo-EM Center for Strucutral Biology, HMS hosted the Inagural Symposium on May 30. The day-long event featured some of the world’s most esteemed structural biologists, including two Nobel laureates. Reflecting Harvard’s distinguished history of leadership in the field, the speakers all shared deep connections to the university, either as students, postdoctoral fellows, former faculty or longtime collaborators.
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The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 to Jacques Dubochet of the University of Lausanne, Joachim Frank of Columbia University, and Richard Henderson of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology "for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution"
Update 12/8/17: Official Nobel lectures at Stockholm University are happening today and can be streamed here: ...
"With the creation of the Harvard Cryo-Electron Microscopy Center for Structural Biology in the Longwood Medical Area, Harvard University today launched a pivotal initiative in molecular visualization, which promises remarkable advances in scientists’ ability to see molecules directly."