Hepatitis C discovery wins Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology

The discovery of the virus, Hepatitis C has won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology.

The winners of the prize were US researchers, Harvey Alter and Charles Rice as well as British scientist, Michael Houghton.

The Nobel Prize Committee stated that their discovery had ultimately saved the lives of millions of people, adding that for the first time in history, the disease can now be cured, thus, raising the hope of eradicating it from the world.

Hepatitis C virus is a common cause of liver cancer and is the major reason why people carry out a liver transplant.

In the 60s’, there was a huge concern over people receiving donated blood having chronic hepatitis (liver inflammation) from a mysterious disease.

The virus still infects 70 million people per annum and has a mortality rate of 400,000.

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