Two American scientists received this year's Nobel Prize In Chemistry for their research on the communication system used by body cells to sense outside signals. This research is key in developing new drugs.
Dr. Robert J. Lefkowitz and Dr. Brian K. Kobilka were awarded $1.2 million by The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for their discoveries into a group of receptors known as G-protein-coupled receptors, reported WDAM News. These receptors function with roughly half of all medications.
Dr. Lefkowitz received the news Wednesday via telephone call from the Academy, the New York Times reported. Dr. Kobilka received his call at 2:30 in the morning. "When you have a number of people with credible Swedish accents congratulating you," he said, "You feel it's probably not a joke someone is playing on you."