The two won the prize for their discoveries in an important family of receptors, known as G-protein-coupled receptors.
Learning about G-protein-coupled receptors will help scientists come up with better drugs since about half of all medications including beta blockers and
antihistamines act on these receptors.
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Lefkowitz: “I’m feeling very, very excited…I did not hear (the phone ring)…I wear earplugs, so my wife gave me an elbow. And there it was. …. It was a total shock and surprise.” Kobilka: “They passed the phone around and congratulated me. I guess they do that so you actually believe them. When one person calls you, it can be a joke, but when five people with convincing Swedish accents call you, then it isn’t a joke.”
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