Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman (Sthanlee B. Mirador/Sipa USA/Sipa via AP Images)

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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