| Oct 8, 2009
Two Americans and an Israeli who mapped the precise structure of the ribosome -- the cell's critical protein-making factory -- won the 2009 Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday.
Their independent work, published in 2000, provides fundamental information...
| Oct 31, 2009
Mildred Cohn, a chemist who overcame both religious and sexual prejudice to make major contributions in applying physics to problems of biology, died of respiratory failure Oct. 12 at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia. She was 96.
| Dec 14, 2009
Brian H. Mason, a Smithsonian scientist internationally known for his study of meteorites and moon rocks and who was the first to discover that a rock found in Antarctica came from the moon, has died. He was 92.
Mason died of renal failure Dec. 3 at...
| Jun 12, 2009
Biochemist Emil L. Smith, who pioneered the process of determining the structure of proteins, played a key role in bringing UCLA's department of biological chemistry to national prominence, and led the first scientific delegation to China, has died. He...
| Jul 24, 2009
Ralph F. Hirschmann, the leader of one of two teams that first broke through the seemingly unbreachable wall between chemistry and biology by synthesizing an enzyme -- a key component of life -- in the laboratory, died June 20 at his home in Lansdale, Pa....
| Dec 28, 2009
| 10:02 PM
Dr. Edwin G. Krebs, the University of Washington Nobel laureate who co-discovered the mechanism by which a wide variety of processes are turned on and off within cells and thereby led to an explosion of knowledge about how cells grow, change, divide and...
| Jan 18, 2010
Leslie H. of Phoenix recently wrote to us with the following question: "Do ionic foot baths really remove toxins through the feet? I'm skeptical."
Skeptical? You've come to the right place.
Ionic foot baths are a "detoxifying" treatment that have become...
| Mar 1, 2009
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UCLA's Molecular Sciences Building was mostly closed for the holidays on Dec. 29 as research assistant Sheri Sangji worked on an organic chemistry experiment.
Only three months into her job in the lab, the 23-year-old Pomona College graduate was using...