A promising breakthrough in liquid condensate compartmentalisation

Authors Philip Ball
Published October 11, 2022
Source View at Chemistry World

The Breakthrough Prizes, cannily announced just weeks before the Nobels, don’t yet attract the attention and speculation the Swedish prizes enjoy. But at $3 million (£2.6 million) apiece, they are more lucrative for the winners. The prizes are for three disciplines – fundamental physics, mathematics and life sciences – and it’s fair to say that one of the topics rewarded this year in the last of these categories was on no one’s radar 20 years ago. It went to Anthony Hyman of the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany, and his former postdoc Clifford Brangwynne, now at Princeton University, US, for their discovery of the importance of liquid–liquid phase separation in cells…

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