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Princess of Asturias Awards

10/03/2018

Sir Gregory Winter, 2012 Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research, wins the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

British biologist Sir Gregory Winter has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry today

 

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British biologist Sir Gregory Winter has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry today, after his career was recognized with the 2012 Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research, along with American pathologist Richard A. Lerner.

The Jury for the Prince of Asturias Award decided to bestow the award on them, as stated in the Minutes of the Jury, for “their decisive contributions to the field of immunology and, in particular, for obtaining antibodies of major therapeutic value. Antibodies are an essential part of the immune system with an enormous ability to recognize what is a constitutive element of the organism and to defend it especially against foreign bodies. Winter has discovered the way to modify antibody-producing animal cells so that these can function in the human organism without being rejected. Lerner’s creation of combinatorial libraries of antibodies enables the construction of immunological repertoires far superior to those produced by the human immune system. As a result of their research, it is now possible to treat degenerative diseases and tumours with specifically designed antibodies, opening up new avenues for personalized medicine, preventive medicine and other applications such as chemical catalysis.”

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