Damn, didn’t get it again this year! It’s Nobel season, and half an hour ago the Medicine and Physiology prize was announced: it will be shared by three scientists, the maximum number allowed, for work on both innate and adaptive immunity. According to the New York Times:
Three scientists won the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for discoveries about the immune system that opened new avenues for the treatment and prevention of infectious illnesses and cancer.
American Bruce Beutler and French scientist Jules Hoffmann shared the 10 million-kronor ($1.5 million) award with Canadian-born Ralph Steinman, the Nobel committee at Stockholm’s Karolinska institute said.
Beutler and Hoffmann were cited for their discoveries in the 1990s of receptor proteins that can recognize bacteria and other microorganisms as they enter the body, and activate the first line of defense in the immune system, known as innate immunity.
Steinman was honored for the discovery two decades earlier of dendritic cells, which help regulate adaptive immunity, the next stage of the immune system’s response, when the invading microorganisms are purged from the body.
For more on Steinman and what he got his Prize for, see the Planet of the Apes blog at the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The prizes for physics will be announced tomorrow, chemistry on Wednesday, literature on Thursday, and the peace prize on Friday. The greatly debased economics “award” (not a real Nobel) will be announced Oct. 10.
Last year we had a contest for this, and we’ll do it again this year.
Guess who will win the Nobel for literature and win an autographed paperback of WEIT. Just be the first person posting below with the correct winner, and you’ll nab a book. Contest closes midnight Eastern Standard Time (US) on Wednesday. Only one guess per person, please.