Three Scientists Win Nobel Prize in Medicine for Discovering How Cells Sense and Adapt to Oxygen Levels

October 7, 2019

(STAT News) – Dr. William Kaelin Jr. of Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, Sir Peter Ratcliffe of the University of Oxford and London’s Francis Crick Institute, and Dr. Gregg Semenza of Johns Hopkins University identified “the molecular machinery that regulates the activity of genes in response to varying levels of oxygen, … one of life’s most essential adaptive processes,” the committee said in its announcement. The discoveries have paved the way for understanding “how oxygen levels affect cell function in both health and diseases including anemia and cancer.”