For the discovery of the Hepatitis C virus, American scientists Harvey J. Alter and Charles M. Rice and British scientist Michael Houghton have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine.
There are more than 70 million hepatitis C patients worldwide. The World Health Organization estimates that hepatitis C causes 400,000 deaths each year. This disease is a major cause of hepatitis and cancer.
The Head of the Nobel Committee Thomas Pearlmann announced the winners in Stockholm. Furthermore, the Nobel Committee reported that the discovery of the hepatitis C virus made it possible to diagnose the cause of chronic hepatitis and to develop new drugs to diagnose the disease through blood tests. Thus, the lives of millions of people were saved.
In this case, Nobel Prize 2020 in Medicine was awarded to American scientists Harvey J. Alter and Charles M. It has been announced that it will be presented to Rice and British scientist Michael Houghton.