Nobel 2016: Medicine Prize Awarded To Japan’s Yoshinori Ohsumi For Discovering Mechanisms Of Autophagy

October 3, 2016 10:00 AM

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Kicking off this year’s Nobel Prize announcements, the Nobel Assembly at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet on Monday awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine to the Japanese cell biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi for his discoveries of mechanisms for “autophagy.”

Autophagy — a word derived from the Greek words auto, meaning “self”, and phagein , meaning “to eat” — is a fundamental process for degrading and recycling cellular components. Disruptions in the normal autophagic process have been linked to Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and other disorders a...

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