Katalin Karikó, Drew Weissman win Nobel Prize for mRNA discoveries
Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman — pioneers of deploying messenger RNA in vaccines and therapeutics — are this year’s recipients of the Nobel Prize for Medicine. The Nobel committee honored the scientists “for their discoveries concerning nucleoside base modifications that enabled the development of effective mRNA vaccines against Covid-19.”
Karikó and Weissman’s research served as the foundation of Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccines against SARS-CoV-2. The duo has been awarded multiple prestigious science prizes and was widely expected to win a Nobel.
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