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2 Japanese researchers win molecular biology prizes.

TOKYO, Dec. 4 Kyodo

Two Japanese researchers have been selected as winners of prizes in molecular biology, the U.S. scientific magazine Science reported Friday. Hiroyuki Noji, 29, a researcher at Japan Science and Technology Corp., a public corporation, won the 1998 Amersham Pharmacia Biotech and Science Prize, which is awarded to younger researchers in molecular biology. He became the first Japanese to receive the grand prize for his discovering of the rotation of adenosine triphsphatase (ATPase), an enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is an important energy compound in metabolism. The secondary award of the prize will go to Taro Nishinaka, 31, for his research into the composition of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). Nishinaka is a researcher at the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, also a public corporation. Noji will receive the 20,000 dollar grand prize and Nishinaka the 5,000 dollar prize at a presentation ceremony to be held in Uppsala, Sweden, on Wednesday.
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Date:Dec 7, 1998
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