Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded to Japan’s Yoshinori Ohsumi for Work on ‘Cell Recycling’

October 3, 2016

(The Washington Post) – Japanese biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for discovering and elucidating a key mechanism in our body’s defense system that involves degrading and recycling parts of cells. Known as autophagy, this process plays an important role in cancer, Alzheimer’s, Type 2 diabetes, birth defects from Zika virus and numerous other devastating diseases.