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Rothman, Schekman and Suedhof win Nobel prize for medicine

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-10-07

US scientists James Rothman and Randy Schekman and Thomas Suedhof of Germany have won the Nobel prize in medicine for their discoveries of the "machinery regulating vesicle traffic", a major cellular transport system.

American scientists James Rothman and Randy Schekman and researcher Thomas Suedhof of Germany won the 2013 Nobel prize in medicine on Monday for their discoveries of how proteins and other materials are transported within cells.

The Nobel committee said their research on “vesicle traffic” – the transport system of the body's cells – helped scientists understand how deliveries are made "to the right place at the right time” within cells.

“Disturbances in this system have deleterious effects and contribute to conditions such as neurological diseases, diabetes and immunological disorders,” the Nobel committee said.

Rothman is a professor at Yale University while Schekman is at the University of California, Berkeley. Suedhof joined Stanford University in 2008.

The medicine prize kicked off this year’s Nobel announcements. The awards in physics, chemistry, literature, peace and economics will be announced by other prize juries later this week and into next. Each prize is worth 8 million Swedish kronor ($1.2 million).

(FRANCE 24 with wires)

Date created : 2013-10-07

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