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Nobel Prize 2023 In Medicine Awarded To Katalin Karikó And Drew Weissman For Role In Fight Against COVID

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New Delhi: The 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman for their groundbreaking discoveries on nucleoside base modifications, facilitating the creation of successful mRNA vaccines for combatting COVID-19.

The top honour was given by the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institute on October 2 as the prestigious ceremony kicks in.

Established by Swedish inventor and philanthropist Alfred Nobel in 1895 through his will, the Nobel Prize Awards, started in 1901, aim to honor those who have contributed significantly to “confer the greatest benefit on mankind.”

The award in Physiology or Medicine is granted for a noteworthy breakthrough in the realms of biology or medicine. The Nobel Prize is specifically awarded for discoveries that have had a profound impact on humanity, reshaping the trajectory of science; lifetime accomplishments or roles in scientific leadership are not considered eligible.

From 1901 to 2022, 225 Nobel Laureates were honored with 113 awards in the field of Physiology or Medicine. Svante Pääbo was recently awarded the 2022 prize for Physiology for his groundbreaking contributions to understanding the genomes of extinct hominins and human evolution.

The Nobel Foundation, responsible for overseeing the award process, increased the prize money by 10 percent this year, amounting to 11 million kronor ($1 million). In addition to the financial aspect, laureates, when presented with their Nobel Prizes during the December ceremonies, are also granted a diploma and an 18-carat gold medal.

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