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Scientists who helped identify Hepatitis C virus win 2020 Nobel Medicine Prize

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on October 05, 2020 Published on October 05, 2020

It has been jointly awarded to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded jointly to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice “for the discovery of Hepatitis C virus.”

The three scientists 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, the Nobel Committee announced on Monday.

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

The methodical studies of transfusion-associated hepatitis by Harvey J. Alter demonstrated that an unknown virus was a common cause of chronic hepatitis.

Michael Houghton used an untested strategy to isolate the genome of the new virus that was named THE Hepatitis C virus.

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Published on October 05, 2020
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