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Receptor Scientists to Receive Chemistry Nobel

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Science  19 Oct 2012:
Vol. 338, Issue 6105, pp. 313-314
DOI: 10.1126/science.338.6105.313

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A diverse family of proteins on the surface of cells translates external stimuli—whether light, odor molecules, or hormones that prompt the fight-or-flight response—to changes inside our cells. Last week, two Americans—Robert Lefkowitz of Duke University and Brian Kobilka of Stanford University School of Medicine—won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for tracking down these proteins and revealing the atomic details of how they work.