Stockholm: On Monday, Yoshinori Ohsumi, Japanese scientist has awarded with Nobel Prize for his discoveries related to the degrading and recycling of cellular components.
The Karolinska Institute honored Ohsumi for his outstanding experiment in the 1990s on autophagy, the machinery with which cells recycle their content.
The institute said, disrupted autophagy is linked to diverse diseases which include diabetes, Parkinson’s, and cancer.
Karolinska said in its quotation, “This phenomenon has been known for 50 years but its mysterious importance in medicine and physiology was known after Yoshinori Ohsumi’s paradigm-shifting research in the 1990s,”
Ohsumi was born in Fukuoka, Japan in year 1945; he is currently working at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Since 1905 first Nobel Prize was handed, it is the 107th award in the medicine category.
Last year’s prize was shared by three scientists who developed treatments for malaria and other tropical diseases
Nobel Prize for physics was announce on Tuesday, chemistry on Wednesday and the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. The economics and literature awards will be announced on next week.
Each prize is worth 8 million kronor ($930,000).