2023 Nobel Prize in Medicine won by Katalin Kariko and Drew Weissman

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mRNA pioneers Katalin Kariko and Drew Weissman will be jointly awarded the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

An Overview of the News

  • Katalin Kariko and Drew Weissman will be awarded the Nobel Prize for their groundbreaking work in messenger RNA (mRNA) technology, which was crucial in the development of COVID-19 vaccines.

  • His contributions led to the rapid development of vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic, saving millions of lives and reducing the severity of the disease.

mRNA Technology Revolution:

  • mRNA vaccines such as those from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech were approved in December 2020.

  • These vaccines provide genetic instructions to cells, simulating infection and training the immune system.

  • The technology, which was initially experimental, has now been administered to millions of people globally and is being explored for other diseases as well.

Honors and Upcoming Celebrations:

  • Kariko and Weissman, both from the University of Pennsylvania, have received multiple awards for their research, including the Lasker Prize in 2021.

  • They will officially receive their Nobel Prize at a ceremony in Stockholm on 10 December 2023, coinciding with the anniversary of the death of Alfred Nobel, who founded the Nobel Prize.

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