Monday, February 11, 2008

Monday's Molecule #62

Today's molecule is a cartoon depicting the action of several molecules. Your task is to identify all the molecules in the diagram and explain what's going on. Even if you're not interested in a free lunch, I'd appreciate hearing from you. I'd like to know how many of you understand the diagram. In fact, I'll put a poll in the sidebar to see how many recognize the process that's depicted here.

There's an indirect connection between this molecule and Wednesday's Nobel Laureate(s). Your task is to figure out the significance of today's diagram and identify the Nobel Laureate(s) who is associated with discovering the underlying process. (Be sure to check previous Laureates.)

The reward goes to the person who correctly identifies the molecule and the Nobel Laureate(s). Previous winners are ineligible for one month from the time they first collected the prize. There are three ineligible candidates for this week's reward. The prize is a free lunch at the Faculty Club.


Nobel Laureates
Send your guess to Sandwalk (sandwalk(at) and I'll pick the first email message that correctly identifies the molecules, the process, and the Nobel Laureate(s). Note that I'm not going to repeat Nobel Laureates so you might want to check the list of previous Sandwalk postings.

Correct responses will be posted tomorrow along with the time that the message was received on my server. I may select multiple winners if several people get it right.

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