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Higgs and Cell Studies Nab Nobels

Science  11 Oct 2013:
Vol. 342, Issue 6155, pp. 175
DOI: 10.1126/science.342.6155.175-a

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After last year's the discovery of the Higgs boson by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, the European particle physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, the guessing began: Who would win the Nobel for the Higgs? This week, the Nobel physics committee announced they had settled on Peter Higgs and François Englert, two of the gaggle of theorists who proposed a mechanism that gives force-carrying fundamental particles mass and that required the existence of the now-famous boson. Meanwhile, the selectors for the physiology or medicine prize honored three biologists who explored various aspects of how cells package, transport, and release their internal proteins.