the Nobel Committee, speaks to announce the winners of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (On screen L-R) American Harvey Alter, Briton Michael Houghton and American Charles Rice,
The winners of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Medicine are announced
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The winners of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Medicine are announced

Jewish scientist among trio of Nobel Medicine winners

Harvey Alter joins Charles Rice and Michael Houghton in being awarded prestigious prize for their work in identifying Hepatitis C, which causes cirrhosis and liver cancer; their research could lead to total eradication of the virus

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Published: 10.05.20 , 19:33
An American Jewish scientist joined a countryman and a Briton on Monday in winning the 2020 Nobel Prize for Medicine for their work in identifying the Hepatitis C virus, which causes cirrhosis and liver cancer.
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  • The discoveries - which were made by Americans Harvey Alter and Charles Rice and Briton Prof. Michael Houghton - meant there was now a chance of eradicating the Hepatitis C virus completely, the award-giving body said.
    the Nobel Committee, speaks to announce the winners of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (On screen L-R) American Harvey Alter, Briton Michael Houghton and American Charles Rice,the Nobel Committee, speaks to announce the winners of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (On screen L-R) American Harvey Alter, Briton Michael Houghton and American Charles Rice,
    The winners of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Medicine are announced
    (Photo: AFP)
    "Prior to their work, the discovery of the Hepatitis A and B viruses had been critical steps forward," the Nobel Assembly at Sweden's Karolinska Institute said in a statement on awarding the prize of 10 million Swedish crowns ($1.1 million).
    Harvey J. Alter, left, talks to a patientHarvey J. Alter, left, talks to a patient
    Newly announced Nobel laureate Harvey J. Alter talks to a patient
    (Photo: AP)
    "The discovery of Hepatitis C virus revealed the cause of the remaining cases of chronic hepatitis and made possible blood tests and new medicines that have saved millions of lives."
    While the Nobel awards will go ahead as planned this year, they have been overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic.
    Charles M. Rice(R) with a student in a labCharles M. Rice(R) with a student in a lab
    Charles M. Rice with a student in the lab
    (Photo: AFP)
    The Nobel Foundation has cancelled the traditional banquet, which forms the centerpiece of the celebrations in December, and will hand out the medals and diplomas in a televised event rather than live in Stockholm.
    This year's winners will be invited to celebrate alongside the 2021 laureates, assuming the pandemic has eased by then.
    Medicine is the first of the Nobel Prizes awarded each year.
     Dr. Michael Houghton Dr. Michael Houghton
    Nobel winner Michael Houghton
    (Photo: AP)
    The prizes for achievements in science, peace and literature have been awarded since 1901 and were created in the will of dynamite inventor and businessman Alfred Nobel.
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