The Nobel prize for medicine has been awarded to two Americans and a German for what the Nobel Assembly said was “their discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells”.
James Rothman and Randy Schekman from America and Germany’s Thomas Sudhof will share the prize worth eight hundred thousand euros. All three work in universities in the US.
They found the way “vesicles” which are tiny bubbles of fat act like a fleet of ships transporting their goods to the exact destination.
It is crucial for the way the brain communicates, the release of hormones and parts of the immune system.
Medicine is the first of the Nobel prizes to be awarded each year which were inaugurated in 1901 in accordance with the will of Alfred Nobel who invented dynamite.