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U.S.-U.K. Trio Wins Nobel Medicine Prize for Work on Hepatitis C

Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice.

Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice.

Source: Nobel Prize

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Harvey J. Alter and Charles M. Rice of the U.S., and Michael Houghton of the U.K. were awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their seminal discoveries that led to the identification of a novel virus, Hepatitis C.

The three scientists have made “a decisive contribution to the fight against blood-borne hepatitis, a major global health problem that causes cirrhosis and liver cancer in people around the world,” the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet said in a statement on Monday.