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2 Americans, 1 German win Nobel Prize for medicine

Monday - 10/7/2013, 9:10am  ET

The Associated Press

WHO WON?

Americans James E. Rothman, professor of biomedical sciences at Yale University; Randy W. Schekman, professor of cell and developmental biology at the University of California, Berkeley; and German-born Thomas C. Suedhof, professor in the School of Medicine at Stanford University.

FOR WHAT?

For their discoveries of how hormones, enzymes and other key materials are transported within cells, a process known as "vesicle traffic."

SIGNIFICANCE

The discovery solves the mystery of how animal cells organize their internal transportation system to direct molecules to the correct place.

This helps explain how certain illnesses, including diabetes, tetanus and many immune diseases, work.


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