Three scientists share Medicine Nobel for uncovering Hepatitis C virus

Three scientists share Medicine Nobel for uncovering Hepatitis C virus

The 2020 Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to three scientists for discovering the Hepatitis C virus.

Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice will share the prize given by the Nobel Assembly at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institutet.

Hepatitis C is a liver infection that can lead to serious liver damage or cancer.

It is transmitted by contaminated blood and other bodily fluids.

Professor Patrik Ernfors, member of the Nobel Committee, tells Radio Sweden that their discovery has saved millions of lives and has been "a huge advance" in the combat against viruses causing diseases in humans.

In 1970s, 30% of recipients of blood transfusions acquired hepatitis, it was like Russian roulette to have a surgery which necessitated blood transfusions,"
Professor Patrik Ernfors, member of the Nobel Committee.

Swedish Radio

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