Japan’s Ohsumi Awarded Nobel Medicine Prize


Yoshinori Ohsumi, a professor of Tokyo Institute of Technology smiles in front of a celebration message board after he won the Nobel medicine prize in Yokohama, Japan, October 3, 2016 in this photo released by Kyodo. Photo provided by VOA News.

Ohsumi, who is 71 years old, is a professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

“Autophagy has been known for over 50 years,” the Karolinska Institute said, “but its fundamental importance in physiology and medicine was only recognized after Yoshinori Ohsumi’s paradigm-shifting research in the 1990s.”

“Thanks to Ohsumi and others following in his footsteps, we now know that autophagy controls important physiological functions where cellular components need to be degraded and recycled,” the Institute said.

The prize for physiology or medicine is first Nobel Prize awarded each year.

The prizes for physics, chemistry, peace, economics and literature will be announced this week and next week.

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