Two Americans, one German take home Nobel medicine prize
Monday, October 07, 2013 - 01:01
Oct. 7 - The three scientists earned the award for their research into how things like proteins and molecules move within cells. Nathan Frandino reports.
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The winners are in.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SECRETARY OF THE NOBEL COMMITTEE FOR PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE, GORAN K. HANSSON, READING ANNOUNCEMENT IN FIVE LANGUAGES, SAYING:
"...James Rothman, Randy Schekman and Thomas Sudhof..."
Two Americans and one German have won the 2013 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine.
The Nobel Assembly awarded the prize jointly to the group for their research into how cells organize their transport system.
One committee member says their research is helping the world understand how disruptions in the transport of cells contribute to various diseases and disorders.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) MEMBER OF THE NOBEL COMMITTEE AND PROFESSOR OF CLINICAL CHILD ONCOLOGY, JAN-INGE HENTER, SAYING:
"We know also that immune regulation also needs this vesicles to keep in balance, without these vesicles and without this system we would all die because of lack of immune regulation."
Schekman, who works at University of California at Berkeley, says nothing could have prepared him for the news.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) RANDY SCHEKMAN, WINNER OF THE NOBEL MEDICINE PRIZE, SAYING:
"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."
Medicine is the first of the Nobel prizes awarded each year.
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