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Nobel Laureate Presents Chronic Wasting Disease Lecture at UW


September 29, 2010 — A Nobel Prize in chemistry recipient will present a public lecture Monday, Oct. 11, at the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Nobel laureate Kurt Wuthrich, an expert in prion diseases, will present "Secrets of chronic wasting disease in deer and elk revealed - NMR and prion proteins" from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Agriculture Building auditorium.

Prion diseases include Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans, BSE (mad cow disease) in cattle, scrapie in sheep and chronic wasting disease in deer and elk.

Winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in chemistry, Wuthrich is professor of biophysics at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and professor of structural biology at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif. He is also deputy director of the Swiss National Center of Competence in Research Structural Biology.

Wuthrich will visit earlier in the day with various departments' faculty members and graduate students.

His research interests include molecular structural biology, protein science and structural genomics with an emphasis on using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy with biological macromolecules.

His research group has solved more than 50 NMR structures of proteins and nucleic acids including the prion protein.

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Nobel Laureate Kurt Wuthrich

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