Japanese scientist wins Nobel medicine prize for work on 'self-eating' cell mechanism



Japan's Yoshinori Ohsumi won the 2016 Nobel prize for medicine for ground-breaking experiments with yeast which exposed a key mechanism in the body's defenses where cells degrade and recycle their components.
Understanding the science behind the process, called "autophagy" or "self-eating", has led to a better understanding of diseases such as cancer, Parkinson's and type 2 diabetes, the prize committee said in its statement on Monday.
"Ohsumi's discoveries led to a new paradigm in our understanding of how the cell recycles its content," it said.
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3 October 2016 in World News, Views: 33
Source: Reuters
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