Monday, October 05, 2015

Nobel Prize in Medicine

Three scientists were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering “therapies that have revolutionized the treatment of some of the most devastating parasitic diseases,” the Nobel committee announced on Monday.

William C. Campbell and Satoshi Omura won for developing a new drug, Avermectin. A derivative of that drug, Ivermectin, has nearly eradicated river blindness and radically reduced the incidence of filariasis, which causes the disfiguring swelling of the lymph system in the legs and lower body known as elephantiasis. They shared the $900,000 award with Youyou Tu, who discovered Artemisinin, a drug that has significantly reduced death rates from malaria.


Tez said...

Nice to hear of some good in the world for a change. Congratulations to them.

Doom said...

It's also good to see that all Nobel prizes aren't just tossed to dogs.

This is what Nobel prizes were meant to encourage. And what science really should be about. Real solutions to a dangerous world.


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