Nobel Prize for Medicine Announced

By: NBC
By: NBC

STOCKHOLM - Three scientists win the 2013 Nobel Pize for Medicine for their work on how hormones and enzymes move within cells, giving insight into diseases such as diabetes and alzheimer's. The announcement was made in Stoockholm, Sweden, Monday. Americans James Rothman, Randy Schekman, and Thomas Suedhof mapped out one of the body's critical networks that uses tiny bubbles to ferry chemicals within cells. Rothman is a professor at Yale University, Schekman at University of California Berkeley, and Suedhof teaches at Stanford . The three, working separately, adopted quite different approaches to the problem, reflecting their own scientific specialties.

Schekman was thrilled by the recognition, "When it happened this morning, having lived through the moment that it could happen, you have all these thoughts about clever things that you're going to say and all I could say because I was so shaken was, 'oh my God, oh my God,' and then I went speechless. I couldn't say anything more."

The prize for medicine is the first of the 2013 Nobel Prizes to be announced. The $1.2 million awards has been handed out since 1901 by committees in Stockholm and Oslo.


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