Nobel Prize for Medicine awarded for Hepatitis C discovery

– – The 2020 Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice, the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm announced on Monday. The laureates were honored for their “decisive contribution to the fight against blood-borne hepatitis — a major global health problem,” the jury said. Thanks to the trio’s discovery, highly sensitive blood tests for the virus are now available, which have “essentially eliminated post-transfusion hepatitis in many parts of the world, the Nobel committee said. How many people have hepatitis C? Seventy million worldwide…

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