Good morning, Pharmalitte students. I’m Allison DeAngelis, substituting for Ed today. It’s a rainy day here on campus, and I had trouble picking out which rain boots to wear. But now that I’ve made my choice (classic black, for your information), I’ll lead you through the news of the day.
Carolyn Bertozzi of Stanford University, Morten Meldal of the University of Copenhagen, and K. Barry Sharpless of Scripps Research, won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday “for the development of click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry,” methods that have been applied in drug development and studying disease, STAT writes. Click chemistry, true to its name, “clicks” together molecules much more easily and exactly than traditional chemical reactions. Click chemistry has applications in drug development and delivery, DNA sequencing, and functional materials as well as studying biologic processes, which allows a better understanding of disease and therapeutics to treat them.