The Nobel prize in medicine has been awarded to oshinori Ohsumi, a Japanese cell biologist. He has been choosed for the award for his discoveries on how cells break down and recycle their own components. The major work for him in the field is discoveries about autophagy - how the body breaks down and recycles cellular components.
Facts in Brief:
The word autophagy originates from two Greek words meaning “self-eating.”
He will receive the prestigious 8m Swedish krona award for his major work and achievement which will help us in fighting against cancer and dementia.
His work could lead to a better understanding of a range of diseases, including cancer, Parkinson's and type 2 diabetes.
It is noted that the winners of the physics, chemistry and peace prizes are to be announced later this week whereas the economics prize will be announced shortly after the week.