Former University of Utah employee wins Nobel Prize

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Two Americans and an Israeli scientist have won the 2009 Nobel Prize in chemistry. One of those winners worked at the University of Utah from 1995 to 1999.

Venkataraman Ramakrishnan says he gives the U part of the credit for the prize because he started his research when he was in Utah.

While he's pleased to receive the award, Ramakrishnan says that his research is the real prize.

"On the other hand, it's important to remember that's not why we went into science. We went into science out of curiosity, to tackle problems," Ramakrishnan says.

Thomas Steitz, and Israeli Ada Yonath also won. Their research on ribosomes has been fundamental to the scientific understanding of life and has helped researchers develop antibiotics.

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