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Three American Scientists Win Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

The New York Times reports that three American scientists have won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for, “discovering the machinery that regulates how cells transport major molecules in a cargo system that delivers them to the right place at the right time in cells.” This system is crucial in physiological system such as the nervous system, and in the development of diseases such as diabetes. The three scientists are James E. Rothman of Yale University, Randy W. Schekman of the University of California, Berkeley, and Dr. Thomas C. Südhof of Standford University. Rothman identified the protein machinery that allows vesicles to fuse and to transfer content, while Schekman discovered the set of genes responsible for vesicle movement and transfer. Südhof examined the signaling mechanisms that allows for cells to precisely release their content in the correct part of the cell. The New York Times reports that, “All three scientists have won other awards, including the Lasker Prize, for their research.”

Read it in The New York Times.