Discovery of Hepatitis C Virus: Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology 2020

Today, the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice for the discovery of Hepatitis C virus.

Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice, 2020 Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine, Copyright: Nobel Media 2020. Illustration: Niklas Elmehed

From the press release of the Karolinska Institutet:

“Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice made seminal discoveries that led to the identification of a novel virus, Hepatitis C virus. Prior to their work, the discovery of the Hepatitis A and B viruses had been critical steps forward, but the majority of blood-borne hepatitis cases remained unexplained. The discovery of Hepatitis C virus revealed the cause of the remaining cases of chronic hepatitis and made possible blood tests and new medicines that have saved millions of lives.”

Read more about the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

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