American Roger Kornberg won the 2006 Nobel Prize in chemistry yesterday, honoured in Sweden for his work on how information stored within a gene is copied and transferred to the parts of cells that produce proteins.

Kornberg was the first to create an actual picture of this process at the molecular level, in the important group of organisms called eukaryotes.

The 59-year-old is part of the Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California, and his father, Arthur Kornberg, won the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1959.