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2019 Nobel Prize for Physiology

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Wednesday, 09 October 2019

 

Editor's note

It’s finally October - and Nobel Prize season. On Monday the Nobel committee announced the winners of the prize for Physiology or Medicine. The three recipients, two Americans and one Brit, won for their discoveries of how cells sense and adapt to low levels of oxygen, a state called hypoxia.

Sadeesh K. Ramakrishnan, a professor of medicine, explains why the win thrilled his colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh and why understanding how cells deal with oxygen fluxes – caused by exercise, injury or even high altitudes – has implications for many diseases, including cancer and anemia.

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