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Oct 10, 2012 7:26 AM by Associated Press

Duke, Stanford scientists win Nobel for chemistry

STOCKHOLM (AP) - Americans Brian Kobilka from Stanford University School of Medicine and Robert Lefkowitz of Duke University have won the 2012 Nobel Prize in chemistry.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Wednesday the two researchers had made groundbreaking discoveries about proteins that let body cells respond to signals from the outside.

Kobilka said he found out around 2:30 a.m., after the Nobel committee called his home twice.

He said his initial reaction was disbelief, then he was "really happy."

Kobilka said although a number of people had told him that they had nominated him, he said he was surprised by the win because there were "other people ahead of me in the line if there were any chance."

He said he planned to put the money toward retirement or "pass it on to my kids."

Lefkowitz is an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and professor at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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