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Japanese biologist wins Nobel prize for medicine

Japanese biologist wins Nobel prize for medicine

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The Japanese biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi has on Monday awarded the Nobel prize for Physiology or Medicine won. He received the award for his research into autofagie, the natural process by which the cells are parts of himself break off.

That was announced Monday at the Karolinska institute in Stockholm, a medical university. Ohsumi’s work is, according to the BBC important because it offers insight into what exactly goes wrong in the body in different diseases, including cancer and Parkinson’s.

Ohsumi was born in 1945 in Fukuoka, in Japan. He works at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

In 2015, the Nobel prize for medicine is awarded to the Japanese biochemist Satoshi Ōmura, the American biologist William C. Campbell, and the Chinese scientist Youyou Tu, for “discoveries concerning new therapies for infections caused by parasitic roundworms”.

Tuesday is the winner of the Nobel prize for physics will be announced.

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