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Nobel Prize in medicine awarded to Japan’s Yoshinori Ohsumi

Reuters

Yoshinori Ohsumi, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

A Japanese scientist was awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in medicine for discovering how cells detoxify and repair themselves.

Yoshinori Ohsumi received the prize, which comes with a check for 8 million Swedish kronor ($933,307), for research that led in understanding the role of autophagy in many physiological processes, such as the response to infection.

The winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine said he focused his research on a subject that initially drew little interest from other scientists. “My basic principle is that I want to do things that other people aren’t doing,” Dr.

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