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Monday, January 19, 2009

Monday's Molecule #104

Name this molecule. We need a biochemically accurate name and the formal IUPAC name. The role of this molecule in biological systems was elucidated by one or more Nobel Laureate(s) in the second half of the 20th century.

Your task is to correctly identify the molecule and name the Nobel Laureate(s). The first one to do so wins a free lunch at the Faculty Club. Previous winners are ineligible for one month from the time they first collected the prize.

There are four ineligible candidates for this week's reward: John Bothwell of the Marine Biological Association of the UK in Plymouth, UK, Dima Klenchin of the University of Wisconsin, Bill Chaney of the University of Nebraska, and Maria Altshuler of the university of Toronto.

John, Dale, Bill, and a previous winner (Ms. Sandwalk) have offered to donate their free lunch to a deserving undergraduate so the next two undergraduates to win and collect a free lunch can also invite a friend. Since undergraduates from the Toronto region are doing so poorly in this contest, I'm going to make a special award this week. In addition to the normal winner, the first undergraduate student who can accept a free lunch will win a second prize. Please indicate in your email message whether you are an undergraduate and whether you came make it for your free lunch (with a friend).


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 Laureate(s) 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. I reserve the right to select multiple winners if several people get it right.

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UPDATE: The molecule is norepinephrine (noradrenaline) [4-[(1R)-2-amino-1-hydroxy-ethyl]benzene-1,2-diol]. The Nobel Laureates are Ulf von Euler and Julius Axelrod.

The first person to get it correct was Ramon, address unknown. The first undergraduate who can collect a free lunch is Jason Oakley of the University of Toronto. Jason can bring a friend.

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