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Nobel prize winners unravel aging process

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 25 October 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1035
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Dr John Walker from Britain and Dr Paul Boyer from the United States have been jointly awarded half of the Nobel prize for chemistry for their work in unravelling the mechanism by which adenosine triphosphate (ATP)–otherwise known as the universal currency of energy—is formed.

    The mapping out of this complex process, together with a better grasp of the role of mitochondrial DNA in the disruption of ATP synthesis, may lead to a clearer understanding of aging and a range of nervous system diseases. “Without ATP there wouldn't be life,” said Dr Walker, senior scientist at the Medical Research Council's …

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