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By Anwesha Dash

Two Americans and one British scientist were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of the Hepatitis C virus.

The Nobel Prize, a set of the yearly international award, has been bestowed to Harvey J Alter and Charles M Rice of America and British scientist Michael Houghton for their discovery of the Hepatitis C virus in the field of Physiology Medicine which was announced by the head of the Nobel committee, Thomas Perlmann, in Stockholm.

Hepatitis C virus is the cause of hepatitis C disease that is transmissible through the blood to blood contact, also it can cause some cancers such as liver cancer. Due to this discovery of the virus in the 1970s and 80s, it has been possible to find a cure and make anti-viral drugs for the disease. But a vaccine for the disease is yet to be found. And as this year the world is already suffering through a pandemic, identification of this virus holds significance and calls attention towards the importance of medical research for a better society.

All the laureates had been awarded through a televised ceremony since an in-person meeting was not possible due to the pandemic. The prize consists of a gold medal and ten million dollars Swedish kronor bequeathed by Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel.