October 11th, 2009


Parrot fencer in the light

I saw online that the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009 has been awarded to Venkatramana Ramakrishnan, Thomas A. Steitz, and Ada E. Yonath, for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome.

The ribosome is a complex of RNA and protein that is found in all cells. The ribosome is part of the mechanism that translates the DNA sequence into the protein sequence. At least, so Wikipedia tells me.

I think we can all agree that the prestigious and dignified Nobel Prize is, of course, somehow going to be an embarrassing failure and an obstacle for the ribosome. I see this award as an indictment of everything that is wrong with the ribosome today.

The ribosome should decline the award, and instead pass it on to malignant prions. There is no way the ribosome has earned this prize.

Shame on you, ribosome, for your bad lofty achievements! I demand an apology!