Global News, Hundred Fifty Million Dollars discussed on The Science Show

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The work that we do is to develop chemical tools that allow us to improve medical imaging techniques the Global News that's right there fluorescent census so that the beautiful it's such a satisfying area chemistry to work in because everything that we do fluorosis beautifully you call that participants biology that's right but we can also apply the tools that we make to environmental studies as well and so it's nice that we can be doing fundamental chemistry that has so many different applications Tsk and were you surprised selected I was very surprised I think there are so many great physical scientists of my generation in Australia and so many of them could easily have won the award Oh don't be modest brilliant come on I have a brilliant team working with me university Sydney that's right well that Department Chemistry Department Jason is led amongst others by Mash Maher who is doing new batteries which you can make into buildings so the building actually becomes itself store of energy and auto recycling plastics is incredible yeah with very fortunate to have him as a colleague we learned so much from him gained so much from the energy neighboring southwestal the energy indeed and is it the kind of thing you I used to their school life and such like the early career you similar nothing but buzz I was very fortunate to be a student at the university as well and so I think for me I've always seen the energy and the enthusiasm that the school of chemistry at the University of Sydney has had and it's really what inspired me to go into a research career of my own how did you get this glowing effect which are so useful we really take small molecules many of which are inspired by nature that naturally many organisms have fluorescent molecules for different purposes and we take those molecules and then Kendrick oh chemistry to modify them so that they can then respond to their environments and do what would we normally use them our earned cell studies so we take hotels use them to understand different diseases and we send them to Olivet collaborators around the world and they can use them for their own studies I've heard a number of lines like this some in fact people using marine organisms which glows somehow and transplant they're kind of proteins and such like on their enzymes are there different ways of making this glow effect which have been exploited as well yeah that's right so the green fluorescent protein has really revolutionized biology that was the subject of the Nobel Prize in two thousand and eight on the work that we do is slightly different it's not a genetic based technique it's actually just a small molecule so we don't need to genetically modify the organism we can just so cow cells in our small chemical molecule and they will take the fluorescent molecule what do you hope to see it doing if all goes well I think what's most exciting for us is that so many researches are excited to use tools to investigate their own questions questions I've never even thought about and we have a researcher in the UK at the moment collaborating with us to study Parkinson's days when she's particularly interested in the role of Copa and oxidative stress in Parkinson's disease and it's exciting that she's able to tools to actually come up with new discoveries thank you thank you Elizabeth new winner of the Physical Sciences Prize on Wednesday and final message from the prime minister I met away you call home where all Sipho where all healthier because of the work of Australian scientists and researchers and that's what we get data together to celebrate in honoring you this evening so alternates nominees congratulations I know that through the sheer exhilaration of the work you do you hundred fifty million dollars for the nation so far and could be worth many billions a treatment for cancer.

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