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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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