Nobel Chemistry to Roger Kornberg

The 2006 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Roger Kornberg of Stanford University in California.

In making the announcement the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Kornberg is being honored for his studies involving the way genetic information is copied from the DNA. The capacity of stem cells to develop in different ways is linked to this process, called eukaryotic transcription.

Forty-seven years ago Kornberg’s father Arthur won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his studies of how genetic information is transferred from one DNA-molecule to another. This year’s Nobel Medicine prize also concerned the way the genetic DNA works, and one of the two winners was also from Stanford.