Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded to three scientists who discovered the hepatitis C virus

The award was given to American scientists Harvey J. Alter and Charles M. Rice and Briton Michael Houghton.

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology was awarded to three scientists, Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice, for discovering the hepatitis C virus.

According to the Nobel Committee, these 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”.

Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice made ” discoveries that led to the identification of a new virus, the Hepatitis C virus”.

“The discovery of the Hepatitis C virus revealed the cause of the remaining cases of chronic hepatitis and made possible blood tests and new drugs that saved millions of lives”, adds the Nobel Committee.

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