Dipl. Ing. Dr. techn. Horst Felsch, Chemist, Fieberbrunn, Austria
Two American researchers received the Nobel Prize for chemistry in October 2003:
Peter Agre of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore for discovering water channels in the cell wall
Roderick MacKinnon of Rockefeller Uni-versity in New York for structural and mechanistic studies of potassium ion channels.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Science praised Peter Agre's work stating:
"This decisive discovery opened the door to a whole series of biochemical, physiological and genetic studies of water channels in bacteria, plants and mammals.
Today researchers can follow in detail a water molecule on its way through the cell membrane and understand why only water, not other small molecules, can pass."
Roderick MacKinnon was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work on the way potassium ion channels work. These ion channels are structured differently from the water channels discovered by Peter Agre.
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