Nobel Medicine Prize to Two Americans

The Nobel Prize in Medicine has gone to Andrew Fire of Stanford University in California and Craig Mello of the University of Massachusetts.

They’ve been honored for the discovery of a fundamental mechanism for controlling the flow of genetic information. Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute says heir discovery of a mechanism called RNA interference is a great importance in the defence against viruses, and preventing what are called “jumping genes”, which can lead to mutations.

The two Americans will receive the prize, which this year is worth almost 1.4 million dollars, in a ceremony here on December 10th, the anniversary of the death of Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel.