The Royal Society of New Zealand presents:
Prestigious Speakers - Sir Venkatraman (Venki) Ramakrishnan

4 April 2017
Auckland Museum | 6pm  
Antibiotics and the cell's protein factory

The thousands of different proteins in each cell are made by translating information encoded in our genes. This translation is fundamental to life. A large molecular machine called the ribosome carries out the process. The ribosome is an ancient molecule that evolved before proteins as we know them today existed. They have developed differently in bacteria and humans, so many antibiotics block the bacterial ribosome without affecting human ones to the same degree. Nobel Laureate Professor Venki Ramakrishnan will discuss how the structure of the ribosome has led to new insights into its function and how antibiotics work.

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*Sir Venki Ramakrishnan is hosted by the Royal Society of New Zealand in partnership with The Royal Society, London

4 April 2017