Nobel Prize For Medicine Awarded To 3 Scientists For Work On Parasitic Disease Therapies

News outlets report on the winners of the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, awarded this year to three researchers of parasitic diseases.

CNN: 3 scientists share Nobel Prize for medicine for work on parasitic diseases
“…Half of the award goes to Ireland’s William Campbell and Japan’s Satoshi Omura, who discovered a new drug to treat infections caused by roundworm parasites. The other half goes to China’s Youyou Tu, who used traditional herbal medicine to find a new kind of antimalarial agent…” (Yan/Mullen, 10/5).

Forbes: 2015 Nobel Prize In Medicine Awarded For Discovery Of Malaria, River Blindness Drugs From Nature
“…Campbell and Omura were recognized for the discoveries leading to ivermectin, a semi-synthetic derivative of a drug from soil bacteria to kill roundworms that cause river blindness and, to a lesser extent, elephantiasis. … Tu isolated the antimalarial drug artemisinin from a plant used in traditional Chinese medicine…” (Kroll, 10/5).

New York Times: 3 Scientists Win Nobel Prize in Medicine for Parasite-Fighting Therapies
“… ‘These two discoveries have provided humankind with powerful new means to combat these debilitating diseases that affect hundreds of millions of people annually,’ the [Nobel] committee said in a statement. ‘The consequences in terms of improved human health and reduced suffering are immeasurable’…” (Altman, 10/5).

Reuters: Beating parasites wins three scientists Nobel prize for medicine
“…The eight million Swedish crowns ($960,000) medicine prize is the first of the Nobel prizes awarded each year. Prizes for achievements in science, literature and peace were first awarded in 1901 in accordance with the will of dynamite inventor and businessman Alfred Nobel…” (Johnson et al., 10/5).

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