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Monday, April 30, 2007

Monday's Molecule #24

Name this molecule. We need the exact name, preferably the correct one.

As usual, there's a connection between Monday's molecule and this Wednesday's Nobel Laureate. This one is dead easy. The prize (free lunch) goes to the person who correctly identifies both the molecule and the Nobel Laureate. (Previous free lunch winners are ineligible for one month from the time they first won.)

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  1. Weird, I just wrote an exam and no one's posted yet. It's thiamine pyrophosphate, and I'm guessing Eijkman.

  2. Thiamine pyrophosphate is the molecule but I'm really bad at guessing the Laureate. I'll say Otto Meyerhof, for no particular reason other than that he appeared on when I searched for thiamine pyrophosphate.

  3. Yeah, but Meyerhof received his Nobel for his work in glycolysis, that is, the M in the EMP pathway. It wouldn't be impossible to see a famous scientist's name associated with other work.

    But...Eijkman was credited for discovering that white rice is poisonous, so you could be right.

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