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

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Two American and one British-born scientist won the 2020 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for work in identifying the Hepatitis C virus, which causes cirrhosis and liver cancer, the award-giving body said on Monday.

“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).

“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.”

Seen on a screen are (L-R) Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice, the three laureates as they are announced as the winners of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine during a press conference at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, 05 October 2020. EPA-EFE/Claudio Bresciani / POOL

($1 = 8.9053 Swedish crowns)

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