Wednesday, October 08, 2008


Green Fluorescent Protein has won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry!

Ok, maybe the protein didn't actually win, but the people who characterized it did. They're Osamu Shimomura, of the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Martin Chalfie of Columbia University, New York, and Roger Tsien of the University of California, San Diego.

I remember when GFP first hit the commercial market, after the publication describing the vector pGFP (GenBank accession number U17997) by Chalfie et al. in Science in 1994 (PDF, 4 pages).

Congratulations to the winners, to GFP, and to all the wonderful uses it has found in science!

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