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AMERICAN SOCIETY OF HEMATOLOGY MEETING

SAN DIEGO – Fixing genetic diseases such as hemophilia, sickle-cell disease, and certain immunodeficiencies at their root, by replacing or repairing the faulty gene, has gone from dream to drug, with two gene therapies now approved in Europe, and a number of additional approvals expected on both sides of the Atlantic over the next few years.

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Nobel Prize goes for autophagy research

"Basically, it's not easy to define what will serve humanity."

So said Yoshinori Ohsumi, honorary professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, after winning the 2012 Kyoto Prize in Life Sciences for his research.

The Nobel Assembly followed suit in recognizing the importance of Ohsumi's work, awarding him the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to "for his discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy."

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