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2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry...

... is dedicated to the epitome of visualization, GFP.

the winners: http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/chemistry/laureates/2008/index.html

GFP is a molecule that comes from jellyfish. When excited with a certain wavelength of light, GFP fluoresces; it glows green. Since its discovery, it has been used to track the movement of your favorite protein inside the cell, in real life, using a fluorescent microscope. It has become the staple of microscopic visualization and is used nearly ubiquitously across research laboratories. In fact, I used it last week.


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source: http://www.immunok.com/




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source: http://www.greenspine.ca/en/mGFP_neuron2.html



A cool page outlining the applications of GFP: http://userpages.umbc.edu/~jili/ench772/
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we have been using GFP for a while, but it's often the case that you don't get the nobel prize for a long time after you did the work. oliver smithies, who did his nobel prize winning work in the 80s, got the prize last year.
i think it's because there's often several deserving candidates, so you wait your turn, so to speak. the nature of the beast, i guess.