In DepthNobel Prizes

Neglected tropical diseases get the limelight in Stockholm

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Science  09 Oct 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6257, pp. 144-145
DOI: 10.1126/science.350.6257.144

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A prize better known for feting basic insights into biology instead honored huge improvements to human health. One half of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine this year was bestowed on Youyou Tu of the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing for her contribution to the discovery of the powerful antimalarial drug artemisinin, although there is controversy over whether her contributions were rightly singled out. The other half was split between William Campbell of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, and Satoshi Ōmura of Kitasato University in Tokyo, whose work led to a drug that has beaten back river blindness and lymphatic filariasis.

  • * With reporting by Dennis Normile, Kathleen McLaughlin, and Christina Larson.