The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Drs. Robert J. Lefkovitz and Brian K. Kobilka of Duke and Stanford University Medical Centers respectively.
I saw the webcast from Sweden on www.nobelprize.org and would like to urge fellow geeks to check out the video.
The Prize was awarded for pioneering work on G-Receptors in cells, so you could say the the prize went to biochemists. There was a fascinating talk on G receptors and I feel that something that amazing could not have just 'evolved'
Here is my take:
G-Receptors are one of seven types of receptors that sense the presence of hormones and transmit that information to inside the cell. They attach to a hormone, say Adrenaline, whose shape changes the geometry of the receptor (like a bunch of sticks) which in turn will signal to alpha, beta and gamma thingies inside the cell. This is how a cell an sense not just adrenaline, but also light, smell, histamine and other stimuli.
So that marks the end of the Prizes in the serious categories. To follow are the Economics, Literature and Peace Prizes. (Sorry, to me Economics = Pottery).
btw Doc- was the winner a prof of yours?
[Edited 2012-10-10 03:36:40]