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'Seemingly Impossible' DNA Task Earns Him a Nobel

Swede Svante Paabo wins prize for physiology or medicine for work on human evolution

(Newser) - This year's Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine has been awarded to Swedish scientist Svante Paabo for his discoveries on human evolution. Thomas Perlmann, secretary of the Nobel Committee, announced the winner Monday at the Karolinska Institute in the Swedish capital of Stockholm. Paabo has spearheaded research comparing the...

Nobel Winner 'Unlocks One of the Secrets of Nature'

2 US-based scientists take home medicine prize for discovery of receptors for temperature, touch

(Newser) - "Exciting news" was delivered Monday to two US-based scientists. The Nobel Prize in the field of physiology or medicine has been awarded to David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian, cited for their discovery of receptors for temperature and touch. The winners were announced Monday by Thomas Perlmann, secretary-general of...

Nobel Prize in Medicine Goes to Trio Who Discovered Hep C

Honor for Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton, Charles M. Rice is 'long overdue'

(Newser) - We've spent most of 2020 in a tangle with one virus , but now, advances regarding another are receiving their due accolades as Nobel Prize week kicks off. The prize for physiology or medicine was awarded to scientists Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton, and Charles M. Rice for their "...

Nobel in Medicine Goes to a 'Textbook Discovery'

2 NYC natives and a Brit share prize for research into cells

(Newser) - It's Nobel week, and the first of the prizes—medicine—has been awarded to two Americans and a Brit. The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine went to Americans William G. Kaelin Jr. and Gregg L. Semenza, along with Peter J. Ratcliffe of the UK. The trio won...

Nobel 2018: Pair Helped Create a New Way to Fight Cancer

James Allison of US and Tasuku Honjo of Japan forged way for immunotherapy

(Newser) - The first Nobel of the year is out, with an American and a Japanese researcher sharing the prize for medicine. The winners are James Allison of the University of Texas and Tasuku Honjo of Japan's Kyoto University, reports the AP . The two researchers did not work together, but both...

3 Americans Win Nobel Prize for Medicine

Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash, Michael Young studied circadian rhythms

(Newser) - The first Nobel winners of 2017 have been announced, and three Americans have collected the prize for medicine. Jeffrey C. Hall of the University of Maine, Michael Rosbash of Brandeis University, and Michael W. Young of Rockefeller University were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for shedding light...

'Self-Eating' Cells Nab Medicine Nobel for Japanese Scientist

Yoshinori Ohsumi honored for groundbreaking work in autophagy

(Newser) - Samples of baker's yeast helped propel a biologist from Japan into the winner's slot for this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, the BBC reports. Yoshinori Ohsumi was announced as the recipient of this year's prize for his work involving autophagy , a process in the...

2 Nobel Judges Fired as 'Biggest Scandal' Roils Sweden

Entire board at Karolinska Institute dismissed over disgraced surgeon

(Newser) - The medical university that awards the Nobel Prize for Medicine was rocked this week after an investigation presented Monday showed negligence in the hiring and handling of a now-disgraced stem-cell surgeon, Reuters and the Independent report. Dr. Paolo Macchiarini was fired from the Karolinska Institute in March after it emerged...

Medicine Nobel Goes to 3 for Work on Malaria, Parasites

Scientists' contribution to human health is 'immeasurable,' says committee

(Newser) - Three scientists from Ireland, Japan, and China won the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for discoveries that helped doctors fight malaria and infections caused by roundworm parasites. The Nobel judges in Stockholm awarded the prestigious prize to Irish-born William Campbell, Satoshi Omura of Japan, and Tu Youyou—the first...

Medicine Nobel Goes to 3 Who Discovered 'Brain GPS'

Discovery could help understand 'spatial memory loss' inflicted by Alzheimer's

(Newser) - American-British scientist John O'Keefe and Norwegian married couple May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser won the Nobel Prize in medicine today for discovering the brain's positioning system. This "inner GPS" helps explain how the brain creates "a map of the space surrounding us and how we can...

Nobel in Medicine Goes to 2 Americans, German

They helped explain cells' internal transportation methods

(Newser) - This year's first Nobel Prize has been announced, and the award in medicine goes to a pair of Americans and a German. James Rothman of Yale, Randy Schekman of UC Berkeley, and Thomas Suedhof of Stanford won the prize for their work on cells' internal transportation, or "vesicle...

Nobel Winner Was 'Too Stupid for Science'

Schoolmaster urged stem-cell pioneer John Gurdon to study something else

(Newser) - Academic underachievers everywhere can take heart from the story of John Gurdon, the British professor who won this year's Nobel prize for medicine —64 years after being told it would be a "sheer waste of time" for him to study science. When he was 15, Gurdon was...

Nobel Prize for Medicine Goes to Stem Cell Scientists

John Gurdon, Shinya Yamanaka share the prize

(Newser) - The first of this year's Nobel prizes was announced this morning, with a British scientist and a Japanese scientist sharing the prize for medicine. John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka helped discover that specific and mature cells "can be reprogrammed to become immature cells capable of developing into all...

Whoops: Today's Nobel Winner Died on Friday

Foundation will award prize posthumously

(Newser) - Earlier today, the Nobel team announced this year’s winners for medicine ; hours later, it emerged that one of the three intended recipients, immune researcher Ralph Steinman, has been dead for three days, the BBC reports. "The news is bittersweet," said the president of Rockefeller University, where Steinman...

Immune System Researchers Bruce Beutler, Jules Hoffmann, and Ralph Steinman Win Nobel Prize
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Immune System Researchers Win Nobel

International scientists paved the way to better vaccines

(Newser) - The week of Nobel Prize announcements has begun, and first up was medicine, which was awarded today. The winners: three researchers who have made key discoveries about the immune system. American Bruce Beutler, Luxembourg native Jules Hoffmann, and Canadian-born Ralph Steinman "have revolutionized our understanding of the immune system...

In-Vitro Pioneer Wins Nobel Prize in Medicine

Robert Edwards began working on IVF in the 1950s

(Newser) - Robert Edwards of Britain won the 2010 Nobel Prize in medicine today for the development of in-vitro fertilization, a breakthrough that has helped millions of infertile couples have children. Edwards, an 85-year-old professor emeritus at the University of Cambridge, started working on IVF in 1950s. He developed the technique, in...

3 US Genetics Researchers Win Medicine Nobel

Work in replication of chromosomes may aid cancer treatment

(Newser) - Three American scientists won the Nobel Prize for Medicine today for their work on the replication of chromosomes, which has implications for cancer, aging, and stem cell research. The laureates focused on a string of DNA at the end of chromosomes, called telomeres, and discovered an enzyme that allows dividing...

3 Virologists Share Medicine Nobel Prize

Discoverers of HIV, human papilloma virus win $1.4M award

(Newser) - The Nobel Prize for medicine was awarded today to three scientists who discovered two of the world's deadliest sexually transmitted viruses. Half the prize goes to Harald zur Hausen, a German who discovered the human papilloma virus, which causes cervical cancer in women. The other half goes to Françoise...

Nobel Prize Goes to Stem Cell Trio
Nobel Prize Goes to Stem Cell Trio

Nobel Prize Goes to Stem Cell Trio

Medicine award recognizes US, British pioneers in gene targeting in mice

(Newser) - The Nobel Prize in medicine was awarded today to three stem-cell researchers who developed techniques for manipulating genes in mice. Mario R. Capecchi,  Martin J. Evans and Oliver Smithies  pioneered a process called gene targeting that allows specific genes to be turned on or off. This in turn allows...

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