Nobel Prize in medicine to 3 Europeans: A great discovery that can help millions!

Monday, November 8, 2010 7:50
Posted in category AIDS

The Nobel Prize for medicine this year has been awarded to Luc Montagnier, Francoise Barre-Sinoussi and Harald Zur Hausen; all three European researches who made a remarkable breakthrough in medical science with their work on viruses. They were awarded a gift hamper which included a gold medal, a diploma and a cash reward of 1.42 million dollars.

The French duo, virologists Montagnier and Barre-Sinoussi will share one half of the prize money for their discovery of the AIDS-causing Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). AIDS remains the worst virulent disease that mankind has ever seen with almost 33 million people living with the disease worldwide. The identification and understanding of the AIDS causing virus, HIV, by Montagnier and Barre-Sinoussi has actually helped physicians understand the importance and procedure of diagnostic blood tests and anti retroviral drugs that can immensely help AIDS victims to live longer. The necessity of donor blood screening has also made safe blood transfusions possible.

The other half of the Nobel Money will go to noted physician scientist from Germany, Dr. Harald Zur Hausen, for defining the role of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) that causes cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer that affects women mostly from the underdeveloped countries of the world. Also known as the “silent killer”; this dreaded disease kills an estimate of almost 2, 50,000 women every year.

This vaccine helps to prevent cervical cancer, and may be administered to young women to protect them from the cervical changes caused by the HPV. The vaccine has been proven to be extremely safe. All researches have been done for a noble cause and one can only hope that such creditable work of science is carried on by others in the medical field as well.

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