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Monday, October 29, 2007

Monday's Molecule #49

Today's molecule is very simple. You don't get any credit for just naming the molecule.

There's an indirect connection between this molecule and Wednesday's Nobel Laureate(s). Let's see who knows and loves biochemistry!

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.

Send your guess to Sandwalk (sandwalk(at) and I'll pick the first email message that correctly identifies the molecule and the Nobel Laureate(s). Correct responses will be posted tomorrow along with the time that the message was received on my server. This way I may select multiple winners if several people get it right. This one is easy. Get your response in quickly.

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UPDATE: The molecule is polyphosphate. We have a winner!

1 comment :

Larry Moran said...

This weeks winner is Jeff Fillingham. He will be joining us for lunch tomorrow.

Jeff knew that the molecule was polyphosphate and that this was a molecule that Arthur Kornberg had worked on for several decades. Kornberg is the Nobel Laureate.

Jeff is a postdoc. The only other person to get the Nobel Laureate is a Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Nebraska. I guess it's hard for students to make the connection to Kornberg because they haven't been around long enough to know the history.