Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Nobel Chemistry

Fluorescent Chemistry

Credit: Image courtesy of Nobel Foundation

The green fluorescent protein GFP consists of 238 amino acids, linked together in a long chain. This chain folds up into the shape of a beer can. Inside the beer can structure the amino acids 65, 66 and 67 form the chemical group that absorbs UV and blue light, and fluoresces green.

Soooo Über Cool - Chemistry! It won the Nobel Prize 2008. :-)

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