Jacques Dubochet, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2017, recently surprised EMBL in a wonderful way: he donated an official replica of his Nobel medal, which will be displayed when the EMBL Archive is inaugurated this summer. In the accompanying note, he states: “I am pleased to offer this copy of my Nobel medal to EMBL in testimony of my great thankfulness to an institution that, in my view, would deserve to be the laureate of the Prize.”
Jacques Dubochet was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2017, for his work at EMBL in the 1980s using water vitrification to prepare biological samples for electron microscopy; this process has paved the way for the revolution in cryo-electron microscopy today.
To study the effect of commonly used drugs on bacterial envelopes, EMBL scientists applied a biochemical assay using a colour reaction. The deeper the red, the stronger the disruptive effect of the drug.