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Trio Wins Nobel for Oxygen Studies That Led to Anemia Drugs

  • AstraZeneca treatment is based on prize-winning science
  • Body’s oxygen-sensing machinery plumbed for other therapies
William G. Kaelin Jr, Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza

William G. Kaelin Jr, Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza

Source: Nobel Media

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Three researchers from the U.S. and Britain won a Nobel Prize for showing how cells sense and adapt to changing oxygen levels, a line of research that’s already led to the development of new drugs.

Americans William Kaelin of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and Gregg Semenza of Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Peter Ratcliffe of the Francis Crick Institute in London received this year’s award for physiology or medicine, the Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute said Monday in a statement.