“Everything Now Seemed So Simple to Me …” : Feodor Lynen (19111979), a Hero of Biochemistry


  • Dr. Heike Will,

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    1. Franz-Liszt-Strasse 9, 97074 Wuerzburg (Germany)
    • Franz-Liszt-Strasse 9, 97074 Wuerzburg (Germany)
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  • Prof. Dr. Bernd Hamprecht

    1. Biochemistry, Interfaculty Institute for Biochemistry, University of Tuebingen, Hoppe-Seyler-Strasse 4, 72076 Tuebingen (Germany)
    2. Max-Planck-Institute for Experimental Medicine, Department of Neurogenetics, Hermann-Rein-Strasse 3, 37075 Goettingen (Germany)
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The enigma of “activated acetic acid”, the acetylated form of coenzyme A that participates in key metabolic processes, was solved by Feodor Lynen in 1950. The worldwide interest in this discovery led Lynen and biochemistry in Germany back into the world of international science. Lynen received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1964 for his basic “discoveries concerning the mechanism and regulation of the cholesterol and fatty acid metabolism”.