3 Win Nobel Prize for Medicine for Discovery of Hepatitis C Virus
Americans Harvey J. Alter and Charles M. Rice and British scientist Michael Houghton won the Nobel Prize for medicine on Monday for their discovery of the hepatitis C virus.
The Nobel Committee says their work, dating back to the 1970s and 1980s, has helped save millions of lives.
Said the Committee, “Thanks to their discovery, highly sensitive blood tests for the virus are now available and these have essentially eliminated post-transfusion hepatitis in many parts of the world, greatly improving global health...Their discovery also allowed the rapid development of antiviral drugs directed at hepatitis C."
Hepatitis C is a major cause of liver disease that affects millions of people worldwide. The World Health Organization estimates there are over 70 million cases of hepatitis C worldwide and 400,000 deaths from it each year.
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