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A trio of Swiss, American and British scientists won the 2017 Nobel chemistry prize Wednesday for developing cryo-electron microscopy, allowing researchers to see biological molecules frozen in action.The work by Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson makes it possible to image proteins and other molecules after freezing them rapidly to preserve their shape, providing a powerful new tool for medical research. Scottish-born scientist Henderson used an electron microscope to generate a three-dimensional image of a protein at an atomic resolution, showing the potential of the technology.Chemistry is the third of this year's Nobel Prizes after the winners of the medicine and physics prizes were announced earlier this week.While the chemistry award has sometimes been overshadowed by the reputations of physics winners such as Albert Einstein, laureates include groundbreaking scientists such as radioactivity pioneers Ernest Rutherford and Marie Curie, though she also won the physics prize.
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