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Monday, December 17, 2007

Monday's Molecule #56

Most students are busy at this time of year so I'm going to give you a break today. This is a very well-known molecule. You have to name it, giving me the common name and the correct systematic IUPAC name.

There's a direct connection between this molecule and Wednesday's Nobel Laureate(s). Your task is to figure out the significance of today's molecule and identify the relevant Nobel Laureate(s). I don't think this one is very difficult.

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 is only one ineligible candidate for this week's reward because Sandwalk readers have not been very successful in recent weeks. 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 (with the correct IUPAC name) and the Nobel Laureate(s). 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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UPDATE: We have a winner! The molecule is ADP or 5-(6-aminopurin-9-yl)
-3,4-dihydroxy- oxolan-2-yl methoxy-hydroxy- phosphoryl oxyphosphonic acid. The Nobel Laureates are the men who worked out how ATP synthase makes ATP using ADP as a substrate. Alivia Day was the first person to get the right answers.

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