NOBEL MEDICINE AWARDED FOR THE SCIENTISTS WHO HELPED IDENTIFY HEPATITIS C VIRUS

 



Stockholm: The Nobel Prize for Medicine has been awarded to three scientists who helped to identify Hepatitis C Virus in a human body. Michael Houghton, Charles M. Rice and Harvey J. Alter were the three scientists to win the prestigious award this year. Houghton is British while Rice and Alter are Americans. Hepatitis C virus is a deadly disease that will primarily attack liver and cause cancer. The Nobel Prize Committee headed by Thomas Perlmann announced the winner on Monday. The winners of Nobel Prizes in different categories will be announced through the week.

The first Nobel Prize had been awarded in 1901 after the Swedish chemist and engineer Alfred Nobel instructed in his will that the pioneers in Medicine, Peace, Chemistry, Physics and Literature be awarded with Nobel Prize and a significant amount of money for their efforts in their respective fields. The Nobel Prize is considered to be the most prestigious award in the world. The awards emphasise the medical research in human diseases as the world is still coming to grips with the coronavirus. More than a million people have succumbed to the coronavirus and is still raging across the globe with several countries in deep peril.


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