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2023 Nobel prize in Medicine to Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman

  • The Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institutet has decided to award the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to  Katalin Kariko and Drew Weissman:
  • “for their discoveries concerning nucleoside base modifications that enabled the development of effective mRNA vaccines against COVID-19”

“The discoveries by the two Nobel Laureates were critical for developing effective mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 during the pandemic that began in early 2020. Through their groundbreaking findings, which have fundamentally changed our understanding of how mRNA interacts with our immune system, the laureates contributed to the unprecedented rate of vaccine development during one of the greatest threats to human health in modern times.”

The Nobel Prize announcement can be followed on-line here.

More information is given in the Nobel Prize Press release and in the Scientific background provided by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

First reactions from Katalin Kariko and Drew Weissman.

In this talk, organised by the Network Igualdad Intercentros CSIC-UAM with the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Professor Luis Montoliú from CNB presents the life and work of Katalin Karikó.