Basic Award Recognizes Ion Channel ResearchTwo of this year's Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research awardees, Bertil Hille and Clay Armstrong, conceived of a remarkably simple model for the mechanisms governing the body's ion channels--pores in cells that facilitate all electrical signals--and therefore all thinking and movement. A third awardee, Roderick MacKinnon, confirmed and expanded on that model by using X-ray crystallography to supply a picture of the potassium channel.
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