Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Monday's Molecule #117: Winners

UPDATE: The molecule is yellow fever virus.

The Nobel Laureate is Max Theiler.

This week's winner is Maria Altshuler of the University of Toronto.

Today's "molecule" is fairly complex for a "molecule" but not quite as complex as a living cell. You have to identify the particular type of "molecule" that's shown here but it will be too hard to do that without some clues. One of the clues is the connection to a Nobel Laureate. The other one is cleverly hidden in the bottom part of this posting.

The first person to identify the "molecule" and the Nobel Laureate wins a free lunch at the Faculty Club. Previous winners are ineligible for one month from the time they first won the prize.

There are seven ineligible candidates for this week's reward: Dima Klenchin from the university of Wisconsin, Alex Ling from the University of Toronto, Bill Chaney of the University of Nebraska, Elvis Cela from the University of Toronto, Peter Horwich from Dalhousie University, Devin Trudeau from the University of Toronto, and Shumona De of Dalhousie University

Dima and Bill have donated their free lunch to a deserving undergraduate so I'm going to continue to award an additional free lunch to the first undergraduate student who can accept it. Please indicate in your email message whether you are an undergraduate and whether you can make it for lunch.


Nobel Laureates
Send your guess to Sandwalk (sandwalk (at) and I'll pick the first email message that correctly identifies the molecule and names the Nobel Laureate(s). Note that I'm not going to repeat Nobel Prizes so you might want to check the list of previous Sandwalk postings by clicking on the link in the theme box.

Correct responses will be posted tomorrow.

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