Complexity Digest 2003.41 - 01.02
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Excerpts: When he went on to describe how such channels open, close and prevent other ions from entering, many colleagues felt that MacKinnon had earned a Nobel. (...)
Biologists from the 1800s onwards knew that cells must have some way of absorbing water and flushing it out.
In 1988, Agre identified a protein that he suspected of doing the job2. A few years later he showed that the molecule, now called aquaporin-1, forms a pore in the membrane that lets through water, but not other substances.
- Source: Channel Champions Win Chemistry Nobel
[ http://www.nature.com/nsu/031006/031006-5.html ], Jim GileS, Nature Science Update, 03/10/09