The Karolinska Institute of Stockholm awarded yesterday the Medicine Nobel Prize to three scientists for their achievements in the study of the immune system.
The American Bruce A. Beutler, the French Jules A. Hoffman and the Canadian Ralph M. Steinman; who passed away three days before the announcement was made. The work of these three experts has allowed the creation of vaccines against infections, and the treatment against tumors and inflammatory diseases.
Beutler and Hoffman will share the half of a $1,5 million award that they received for their discoveries. In the case Steinman, who passed away at the age of 68 due cancer; will not receive an award due to the requisites established in 1974. (AV)