Cellular transport research wins Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology

Guest post by Tina Hesman Saey and Nathan Seppa

Research on vesicle transport has won the Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology.  

Three men will share the honor for their work describing how small membrane bubbles loaded with molecules get sorted to the correct part of the cell. Shuttling of vesicles is necessary to move resources around cells. Determining the machinery involved in such transport and how it is controlled has led to a better understanding of brain signaling, hormone release and immune system function.

The Nobel committee has chosen James Rothman of Yale University, Randy Schekman of the University of California Berkeley and Thomas Sudhof to receive the prize.

For more details, read the full Science News article.

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