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Extra Credit Reading The 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded last month. The articles include this NY Times article (below), reading from Nobelprize.org, and a linked article from NewScientist.com on a scientist who was not awarded the Nobel prize. Go to Nobelprize.org http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/2008/index.html and read about the work of the 3 Nobel Laureates. Read the Press Release (link on the right side of the page), and listen to or read the individual interviews with the 3 scientists. There is also an article about Dr. Robert Gallo, link: http://www.newscientist.com/channel/health/hiv/dn14881-comment-was-robert-gallo-robbed-of- the-nobel-prize.html?feedId=hiv_rss20 Sometimes the unsung may not necessarily be a hero. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/07/health/07nobel.html Discoverers of AIDS and Cancer Viruses Win  Nobel  From left: Thomas Kienzle/AP, Stephane De Sakutin/AFP— Getty Images, Luc Gnago/Reuters The $1.4 million award will be shared by, from left, Dr. Harald zur Hausen, 72, of Germany, and French virologists Dr. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, 61, and Dr. Luc Montagnier, 76.
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By LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN Published: October 7, 2008 The  Nobel Prize  in Medicine was awarded Monday to three European scientists who had  discovered viruses behind two devastating illnesses,  AIDS  and  cervical cancer   Half of the award will be shared by two French virologists, Fran ç oise Barr é -Sinoussi, 61,  and Luc A. Montagnier, 76, for discovering H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS.  Conspicuously omitted was Dr. Robert C. Gallo, an American virologist who vied with  the French team in a long, often acrimonious dispute over credit for the discovery of  H.I.V.  The other half of the $1.4 million award will go to a German physician-scientist, Dr.  Harald zur Hausen, 72, for his discovery of  H.P.V. , or the human papilloma virus. Dr. zur  Hausen of the German  Cancer  Research Center in Heidelberg “went against current  dogma” by postulating that the virus caused cervical cancer, said the Karolinska Institute  in Stockholm, which selects the medical winners of the prize, formally called the Nobel  Prize in Physiology or Medicine. His discovery led to the development of two vaccines against cervical cancer, the second  most common cancer among women. An estimated 250,000 women die of cervical  cancer each year, mostly in poor countries.
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