(CNN)The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 has been awarded to three scientists for their pioneering work developing new methods of visualising biomolecules, such as those in the Zika virus.
Scientists awarded Nobel prize in chemistry for work to visualize biomolecules
Jacques Dubochet of Switzerland, Joachim Frank of the US and Richard Henderson of the UK were awarded the prize for cryo-electron microscopy.
The technique allows scientists to freeze biomolecules in action and "visualise processes they have never previously seen," according to the Nobel statement.
The method means that, for example, molecules in bacteria and viruses -- such as the Zika virus -- can be examined under a microscope in their native, undamaged state.
This development is "decisive for both the basic understanding of life's chemistry" and the development of drugs, the Nobel committee said.
The announcement was made Wednesday in Stockholm.
"We are facing a revolution in biochemistry," said Nobel Committee Chairman Sara Snogerup Linse during the