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Our congratulations to Professor Madame Francoise Barre-sinoussi, Professor Luc Montagnier and Professor Harald Zur Hausen, who won This year's Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine. Every year, scientists all over the world salute the Nobel Prize winners because they are symbols of excellence who uplift the spirit of man to greater heights. Barre-Sinoussi and Montagnier isolated the HIV virus in 1983. This could greatly help in identifying and screening contaminated blood. Identification is the first step. Next is the discovery of the vaccine, Zur Hausen "went against current dogma" where he found that some kinds of human papilloma virus or HPV caused cervical cancer. He realized that DNA of HPV could be detected in tumours. Professor Zur Hausen also uncovered a family of HPV types only some of which cause cancer. The discovery led to the understanding of how HPV causes cancer and the development of vaccines against HPV infection. more...


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