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Thursday, 9th October 2008
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Japanese scientist scoops Nobel Prize

A Japanese scientist has won the Nobel Prize for chemistry along with his two American colleagues, it has emerged.

Osamu Shimomura, Martin Chalfie and Roger Tsien shared the accolade for their work on green fluorescent protein, the Japan Times reports.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences notes that this protein was first found in jellyfish and is now widely used to track the development of brain cells, bacteria growth and other processes.

"In one spectacular experiment, researchers succeeded in tagging different nerve cells in the brain of a mouse with a kaleidoscope of colours," the citation for the award said.

It added the impact of the protein on scientific work was comparable to the invention of the microscope, acting as a guiding light for researchers.

The Nobel Prize is named after scientist Alfred Nobel and has been awarded since 1901 for achievements in peace, literature, physics, chemistry and physiology or medicine.

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