ASBMB member Yoshinori Ohsumi wins Nobel Prize

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to ASBMB member Yoshinori Ohsumi at the Tokyo Institute of Technology’s Frontier Research Center for his pioneering work in discovering the mechanisms for autophagy.

Autophagy is the process for degrading and recycling cellular components. The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden that gives out the prize said in a press release that Ohsumi deserved recognition for working out how cellular components were degraded and recycled. The Nobel Assembly noted in the press release that while the phenomenon of autophagy was known for more than 50 years, “its fundamental importance in physiology and medicine was only recognized after Yoshinori Ohsumi's paradigm-shifting research.”

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