Vaccines and the Nobel Prize, case in point

  • © Moira Dolan, MD

Several early Nobel Prizes were given for discoveries that led to the development of vaccines for prevention of infectious diseases. The irony is that these diseases were already in steep decline in terms of incidence and deadliness, even before ther...

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Gender Inequality in the Nobel Prize in Medicine

  • © Moira Dolan, MD

In 117 years of the Nobel Prize in Medicine & Physiology, only 12 women have been Nobel laureates. To be honest, some of this in the early years could be attributed to the paucity of women at work in the sciences. But that’s not the entire e...

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War, Diphtheria, and the First Nobel Prize in Medicine

  • © Moira Dolan, MD

War and political events significantly affected many of the first half-century winners, and the Nobel Prize itself was a product of war—the money was initially generated from munitions manufacture and inventions toward more lethal warfare. So did w...

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Oxygen Wins 2019 Nobel Prize in Medicine, Again

  • © Moira Dolan, MD

This month, the 2019 Nobel Prize in Medicine — known as the Prize in Physiology or Medicine — was announced. Three researchers are sharing the honor: William Kaelin Jr., Sir Peter Ratcliffe and Gregg Semenza, for their discoveries of how cells se...

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