Oct 7, 2013
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Yale Professor Among Three Winners of Nobel Prize in Medicine

Yale Professor Among Three Winners of Nobel Prize in Medicine

James E. Rothman in a photo from the Nobel Prize website.

Americans James E. Rothman, a professor of biomedical sciences at Yale University, Randy W. Schekman, a professor of cell and developmental biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and German-born Thomas C. Suedhof, a professor in the School of Medicine at Stanford University, are sharing the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, according to an Associated Press story at the New Haven Register online.

"The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2013 was awarded jointly to James E. Rothman, Randy W. Schekman and Thomas C. Südhof "for their discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells," says a post on the Nobel Prize website.

WNPR story on the awarding of the prize in medicine links to NPR's Richard Harris explaining how the research of the three winners interconnects.

Rothman "figured out the mechanism that allows cells to this little molecular dance," said Harris, according to the WNPR story.

"The discovery solves the mystery of how animal cells organize their internal transportation system to direct molecules to the correct place.
This helps explain how certain illnesses, including diabetes, tetanus and many immune diseases, work," the Associated Press story says.

 

Yale Professor Among Three Winners of Nobel Prize in Medicine

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