The Ecuadorian National Assembly today awarded the Israeli Ada Yonath, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009, with the medal of scientific merit, in a visit that was made to that institution on the occasion of its participation in the First International Congress of Chemistry in Ecuador.
The prize “National Assembly of the Republic of Ecuador, Dr. Matilde Hidalgo de Procel”, was delivered to the Israeli scientist by the president of the Legislature, Elizabeth Cabezas Guerrero, and with her the Ecuadorian parliament wanted to honor “their fruitful work investigative.”
A task, says a statement of the Assembly, “that enriches the training processes of young talents from the academy and strengthens opportunities for exchange with the diplomatic legation of Israel in Ecuador.”
Yonath has focused on significant contributions to the life sciences, with advanced studies on the structure and function of the ribosome, which affect its knowledge and multidisciplinary application, the note adds.
The scientist arrived in Ecuador to participate in the First International Congress of Chemistry in Ecuador, which was held since Tuesday at the Higher Polytechnic School of Chimborazo, in the city of Riobamba.
According to the Assembly, it is a participation that “fosters cooperation and support links to disseminate their vital research”.
Yonath thanked the Assembly for the recognition and remembered the work developed since she was a young scientist and what it meant for her to understand that the genetic code is interconnected in every living being.
She stressed that it took her 20 years to discover how antibiotics worked in humans, a fundamental issue for medicine, concludes the press release. (I)