2023 Nobel Prize for Physiology/Medicine Goes to Scientists Who Did Long Groundbreaking Work on mRNA That Enabled Development of Effective COVID-19 Vaccines

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has today (October 2, 2023) decided to award the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman for their discoveries concerning nucleoside base modifications that enabled the development of effective mRNA vaccines against COVID-19. The discoveries by the two Nobel Laureates were critical for developing effective mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 during the pandemic that began in early 2020. Through their groundbreaking findings, which have fundamentally changed our understanding of how mRNA interacts with our immune system, the laureates contributed to the unprecedented rate of vaccine development during one of the greatest threats to human health in modern times. 

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