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Monday, September 07, 2009

Monday's Molecle #135

Your task for today is to identify the molecules with the question marks and explain (briefly) what's going on.

There's a Nobel Prize associated with the type of reaction that you're seeing here. Focus on the red arrows. The prize wasn't for this particular reaction although it is depicted in the Nobel Lecture as an example of the type of reaction that was being described. Name the Nobel Laureate.

The first person to describe the reaction and name the Nobel Laureate wins a free lunch. Previous winners are ineligible for six weeks from the time they first won the prize.

There are only three ineligible candidates for this week's reward: Alex Ling of the University of Toronto, and Markus-Frederik Bohn of the Lehrstuhl für Biotechnik in Erlangen, Germany, and Maria Altshuler of the University of Toronto

I have an extra free lunch for a deserving undergraduate so I'm going to continue 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.


Nobel Laureates
Send your guess to Sandwalk (sandwalk (at) 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.

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