The molecule is 4-sulfonamide-2',4'-diaminobenzol or "Prontosil," a potent antibiotic. Gerhard Domagk received the Nobel Prize for developing Prontosil as a treatment against bacterial infections.
The overall winner is Markus-Frederik Bohn of the Lehrstuhl für Biotechnik in Erlangen, Germany. The undergraduate winner is Jason Oakley a biochemistry student at the University of Toronto.
Name this molecule. The common name will do. Briefly describe what it does.
There's a Nobel Prize directly connected to this molecule. If you can name the molecule then you can find the Nobel Laureate(s).
The first person to identify the molecule and name the Nobel Laureate(s) wins a free lunch. Previous winners are ineligible for six weeks from the time they first won the prize.
There are only four ineligible candidates for this week's reward: Philip Johnson of the University of Toronto, Ben Morgan of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Frank Schmidt of the University of Missouri and Joshua Johnson of Victoria University in Australia.
Frank and Joshua have agreed to donate their free lunch to an undergraduate. Consequently, I have an extra free lunch for a deserving undergraduate so I'm going to award an additional prize 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. If you can't make it for lunch then please consider donating it to someone who can in the next round.
Send your guess to Sandwalk (sandwalk (at) bioinfo.med.utoronto.ca) and I'll pick the first email message that correctly identifies the molecule(s) 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.